The other day, one of my beginner pupils made the all too familiar statement: “I can’t hear a tune!” Yet any other person listening would have, like me, surely been able to make out the strains of Beethoven’s famous “Ode to Joy!”
So why then can it be so hard to actually hear what you are playing whilst in mid performance? And more importantly, how can students be encouraged to “hear” what is “good, bad and ugly” in their playing or singing so that they can improve?
The answer lies in two facts:
- most humans are better at understanding what they can see rather than what they can hear
- the process of trying to listen properly whilst at the same time read the music and physically play or sing is at best, extremely complex
So what’s the solution?
A simple method to assist students is to [···]