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Unformatted text preview: What are your first impressions of this piece? What might be an interesting aspect to focus upon in presenting or teaching this piece? Do you have any ideas for activities to explore this piece? Here is a short excerpt from a great book called Art & Fear: “Writer Henry James once proposed three questions you could productively put to an artist’s work. The first two were disarmingly straightforward: what was the artist trying to achieve? Did he/see succeed? The third’s a zinger: Was it worth doing?” (p. 93). As teachers, we can and should use the answers to those questions to help us form an approach to teaching or presenting a piece. It isn’t that we are trying to find all the answers, but when we want to explore or “find the deeper meanings” of a piece, we need to make sure that we have done our homework so we can better facilitate the exploration. For instance, we will need to start discussions, or be ready to talk about the structure, or perhaps learn to play some of the melodies, harmonies, or motives from the piece. ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course C&I CI522 taught by Professor Liorabresler during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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