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4/12

-While historical musicology for the main part limits itself to musical objects, documents, and sources,

-systematic musicology encompasses a number of composite disciplines: music anthropology, music ethnology, music sociology, music psychology, music philosophy, music aesthetics, music therapy, and music education

-an acoustic layer, a structural layer, a bodily layer, a tense layer, an emotional layer, and a spiritual or existential layer. communicating from all music’s layers of meaning to the human consciousness.
-something that cannot be described technically and is unmanageable. Another is that we are fearful of being bogged down in a quagmire of arguments over values and ideological contradictions, over philosophical, social, and personal identity constructions
https://books.google.com/books?id=1lOx9nr0aHkC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-22/edition-12/role-psychology-music-educat…

4/6

I taught another beginner yesterday, who received some instruction, which she had forgotten. As a result, she had poor posture and position as well as a bad bow hold. However, she was very willing to change. I really emphasized in a comically intense way how important relaxing was, saying no squeezing and no straight fingers. She went through violin "rehab," so I fixed her crooked bow, straight pinky, and straight thumb using a relaxed hand demonstration, draping the fingers over the bow. I also corrected the stiff elbow movement, which caused her crooked bow, and her violin hold, which had no space between the neck and the crevice between the thumb and first finger and was too high up. A common problem was that the hand knuckles were turned away from the fingerboard, almost perpendicular to it. This causes straight fingers that can't reach the notes. I fixed her finger posture by telling her that they needed a squarish shape and needed to stand on the tips of the finger…

3/22

Wesley rankin: I taught a complete beginner today, giving a total crash course on the violin. After going over the anatomy of the violin (strings, neck, fingerboard, pegs, bridge, etc.), I taught her how to support the violin on the shoulder, then demonstrated the proper hand position. Like most beginners, she had a tendency to prop the violin up with her wrist, which should be flat and straight. I emphasized the importance of developing a good foundation to not get held back. Starting from the beginning of essential strings vol 1, we did pizzicato of open strings first, then moved on to first, second, and third fingers. Although she had larger hands, it was still hard for her to do 4th finger, so I just told her it was necessary to keep it curved but did not do too much 4th finger. At the end, I did an introduction to the bow hold, demonstrating a relaxed hold with a curved thumb and fingers. I also reviewed how to read music, since she knew a little about music but didn't rememb…

3/7

Wesley rankin community center:
We sightread Graduation March together, and I noticed improved sight-reading skills from before, as well as execution of eighth notes. It usually took a longer time for her to get the notes down and learn them, but I taught her to finger the notes first and visualize playing with more planning before attempting them, which helped. If there is a problematic spot, I go through it slowly, sometimes only focusing on one transition to break down the phrase. Through gradual repetition,  she learned the right notes. We also worked on extending the 4th finger, since she had trouble reaching. I taught her to bring the hand towards the neck in a more parallel position and to keep the fingers curved. Although it is very strenuous for beginners, who do not have strong enough finger muscle, it is crucial to build the strength by trying very hard to not collapse it.

Music club: working on writing music, drawing the right length of notes, ledger lines, etc.

2/27

Music Club after school: I brought my violin with me and taught them how to pluck twinkle twinkle little star. I also went over the parts of the violin and asked them what kind of songs they would like me to play.  Since there was traffic, I could only stay for half of the usual time.

I reviewed chord progressions separately for music theory.

2/23

Course requests input for sophomores and AP registration.

2/16

Week 3: private lessons with Cassandra
I noticed she had trouble sight reading so we did exercises to make sight reading faster, such as playing a g major scale and naming the notes. I would also ask her to play a note on a certain string to break down sight reading. I went over accidentals (flats and sharps) and the difference in playing a c sharp as opposed to a c natural. I also went over slurs, ties in rhythm, and keeping a strict tempo. Every week we go over short pieces in the Essentials for Strings books, and I send her recordings of the pieces through email as a reference.