I like to think of listening as looking into the future - the music we look up to and admire may be the notes we play in a few short years. Here are a few favourites walking through the RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) levels.
There is wonderful music to be learned in every style at every level. Reaching a high level of skill is a combination of hard work and lots of time but there is beautiful music on each stepping stone to improvement.
1) Melody Bober, Sneaky Sam (RCM Prep B)
- What do you think makes Sam sound sneaky in this piece?
2) Y. Nakada, The Song of Twilight (RCM Level 3)
- Imagine drawing a picture to this piece of music. What scene would it be? What are some colours you would use?
3) L. Beethoven, Fur Elise (RCM Level 7)
- The main theme is a popular melody you may have heard before but the middle section is not as well known. Have you ever heard the middle sections of this piece before?
- Do you like the other sections? How do you think it adds to the piece?