Music Life Lesson #6: Situational Awareness
@MrAhrens: In performing with an ensemble you learn Situational Awareness. This skill of observation is greatly important in many areas.
Awareness of the Sound
I’m embarrassed to say that I remember (in somewhat foggy clarity) playing in the Boy’s Club basketball league when I was 7 or 8 years old. I did not fully (or hardly, for that matter) understand the game. Looking back, I can see that I had a pretty ineffective coach who failed to either recognize this problem or care enough to bother fixing it. However I was certainly contributing to my ignorance by being completely in my own world nearly all of the time. I recall being in games and having no idea whatsoever what was going on. I’m actually amazed that I ever made it off the bench.
I contrast this very clouded personal experience from my childhood with the study of music that began just a couple of years later. While a musician must be aware of his own sound, the thing that really helped me develop was in simultaneously being asked to pay attention to the others in my section, the individual lines of the other instruments, the full band sound, and of course watching the conductor for direction – all the while reading my music. For a somewhat unfocused, backwards kid this was some achievement!
@jsheelmusic: Music teaches you how to focus, and the amount of concentration needed to create masterpeices based on the littlest elements.
Awareness of the Music
@MrAhrens: See the overall form in the process as well as the composition. Looking at things macro & micro at the same time
@teaching_music: We spend too much time learning parts and little time on learning the whole, the essence, of the composition.
@travisjweller: Look at many masterpieces – simple little elements everywhere crafted into something special – Mozart makes me jealous!
@LindsayMorelli: @MrAhrens It’s like getting to know someone and then marrying them!…with multiple pieces! Non exclusive? Metaphor fail?@MrAhrens: @LindsayMorelli well there is definitely a long process of loving/playful study/investigation & trial/error leading to bliss #win
This is part 6 of a 12 part series.