Interpretation begins with choices

Enthusiasm ignites with their personal stamp
Even young violin students can experience their own interpretation in a relatively simple piece if choices are presented to them along the way. Students learn that their opinion and natural musical impulses matter. They also learn that interpretive abilities grow from learning more about their music.

Musical decision-making starts with Twinkle Theme
Students are already aware that their bow strokes are longer than in the variations. With the introduction of dynamics in Go Tell Aunt Rhody, students learn how to alter the weight and speed of the bow. The interplay of staccato, legato and detaché articulations continues through Etude, culminating in the longer hooked bow strokes in Minuet 1. Students can be shown this roadmap of how they have learned to use the bow to affect and enhance their music.

History and harmony
I talk to students about the anachronistic quality of the open E string in Minuet 1. Moreover, students learn that C natural and C sharp can both exist in the same piece because of the underlying harmony. Encouraging students to seek out a deeper and greater understanding of music leads to ownership of their repertoire. They learn that there are myriad choices that can be made along the way and it is up to each musician to follow their own inspiration.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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