Ensemble performance develops listening skill and performing skill. From the beginning of lessons, Music Moves students play in ensemble with the teacher or with another student.
Duet performances may be a composed piece or completely improvised. One way students can play in ensemble is for one student to play macrobeats, another student to play microbeats, and a third student to improvise. The teacher may assign parts, rhythm pattern, and meter, or students may decide.
To make a longer piece, students may create a new melody with the rhythm pattern or change parts, keeping the macrobeat constant, in a Round Robin format. Students may chant the macrobeats and/or microbeats while changing place, to keep a consistent tempo. Students are in charge when creating the ensemble improvisation and learn by doing it together without teacher assistance.
Christmas time is a great time for elementary school age ensemble playing. Each student can play a different part: MB, mb, melody, variation and more.
Students learn to play in ensemble from the beginning of Music Moves piano lessons. Six year old students perform in public with confidence.
Twins enjoy playing duets together and play two new duets every year. They always play from memory, because they have learned to perform without notation and without anxiety.
Performing in ensemble is a priority for Music Moves for Piano students. Duets and improvised duets are part of the normal curriculum and are performed without notation.
Sisters enjoy performing "Cowboy Joe" and improvising using a familiar song. Other siblings perform together. Students perform with each other. The student accompanying the violinist is in 6th grade. Notice how well he tracks the music notation and follows the violinists. A high school student creates an accompaniment for a soloist. Middle school students perform duets. All in good fun!
When a younger student knows a tune, an older student can create an accompaniment. Accompanying/reading skills are fostered when a student learns to audiate.
Fast and faster is the goal. It does make a fun performance.
Music Moves for Two pieces make a fun performance. Students can change parts. Students can improvise. Several students can line up and take turns playing the ostinato pattern, the primo solo, or the improvised part.
Dedicated to Victor Borge
Louis and Lauren Claussen, pianists
Performance January 25, 2014 at Clara Thompson Hall, Drury University, Springfield, MO
Two students have played duets together and attended lessons together for 6 years.