A primary goal of music lessons is to help students unlock the sound of music bound by the printed page. When I catch myself calling the book or score “the music”, I jokingly put the book up to my ear and attempt to “hear” the music. Of course the student gets it and realizes that yes, the page provides only the code and that it is up to him/her to break that code to create music.
Another primary goal of music lessons is also to help students unlock the composer’s story and retell it in a compelling way. Some tend to have a natural inclination to relay the true colors of a composition. Others (like most average students) may not have this special intuition. However, with guidance, anyone can play a piece and share a musical “story” successfully.
This guidance can be broken into the most basic elements. Building upon these fundamental rules, students can break the notation code and share in artistic music-making. [···]