Students expand their musicianship when part of a chorus, band or orchestra; they learn to follow a conductor, blend their sound, listen for intonation and experience the excitement of being surrounded by the sounds of a large group. Many of our state affiliates offer non-competitive group piano ensemble events, sometimes involving as many as 20 pianos and 40 pianists.
In Unison Gail Berenson, NCTM, MTNA President The Joys Of Making Music With Others “ the F romplay firsttheare you of introduction, you note collaborating with others and being a part of a bigger ensemble can be exhil- arating. In junior high and high teaching studio. Without a doubt, observing all those teachers positively influenced my own playing, as well as responsible for setting school, I accompanied the choirs and my teaching. the mood for the rest of sang when unaccompanied works were My reason for sharing these personal the song and providing performed. I also played violin in the experiences is to encourage you to pro- the motivation for the high school orchestra, and one sum- mote collaborative performance of all chorus’ entrance. Your mer was miraculously seated in the kinds to your students, whatever their entire focus must be on expressing the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at age. Although it may take up more of emotion of this song, not the homework the Interlochen Music Camp their limited free time, being part of a you didn’t finish, not the quality of the (Michigan). It was an extraordinary large ensemble will ultimately enhance piano and not the audience.” experience to be engulfed by the their private study. Students expand These were the instructions I was sounds of a Brahms Symphony their musicianship when part of a cho- given by my piano teacher, also the swirling around me! rus, band or orchestra; they learn to conductor of the 40-member Snap-On All those pre-college opportunities follow a conductor, blend their sound, Tools Male Chorus. Although only 11 introduced me to the joys of making listen for intonation and experience years old when I began playing for this music with others, helped me develop the excitement o
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