I have played the flute since third grade. Outside of school, I take lessons every week. The teacher has a concert every two years which I have participated in several times(Just like the picture below). In school, since middle school, I have been involved in an after-school activity called wind ensemble or the symphonic orchestra.
During the lessons, I learn how to interpret the song to play it in a more musical way. To practice interpretation of the song, I practice challenging songs. Then during the annual flute concert, I learn how to match my melody to the piano as that is something that I normally don’t practice during the lessons.
In wind ensemble, we learn how to play as an orchestra. We learn how to adjust our volume in order to hear the main melody more clearly because before wind ensemble I was only used to playing as a solo where I did not have to focus on my volume or the blend but focus more on the techniques such as how to express the music. However, in wind ensemble, I had to be more careful of my volume as there were more flute players compared to other instruments. In wind ensemble, we play more simple songs for me which allows me to not worry about being able to follow along with the music but to focus on being able to play as an orchestra and to interpret the music in depth.
At the start of wind ensemble, I found it hard to follow the music as I was not doing weekly practices and I started to lose interest in playing in the band. Therefore, I had to come up with a way to improve my skills so that I would be able to catch up to the level of the band. I came up with a way to do regular practices. I try to do two to three practices every week. Then after every week, I write the songs that I used to practice and what the main technique I practiced during the week. I even posted a video of myself playing for the last practice of the week so I can look back to see how much I have improved and where I could improve more in.
|Date||Repertoire – artistic intention – related performance goal(s)||Etudes/Exercises – describe relationship to performance goal(s), alternative choices (with reasoning)||Other resources chosen – to aid in development of technique / specific aspect of performance, alternative choices – be creative||Videos – demonstrate your development (the process of gaining fluency with a technique over time) and application (as evidenced in your performance repertoire)|
|9/29||E Flat Majeur||Easter Hymn of Praise.||E FLAT MAJEUR|
|10/6||E Flat Majeur||Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5N2VPGWGZ4
I focused on making a round sound by comparing someone else’s sound to mine and trying to make that kind of sound.
|Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken|
|10/13||E Flat Majeur||Easter Hymn of Praise||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CegTS50b00
I looked at this video to work on making a more rounder sound
|Easter Hymn of Praise|
|10/20||E Flat Majeur||Easter Hymn of Praise||E flat Majeur|
By doing two to three times a week practice it has helped me to develop as a player compared to the times when I was not practicing every week. As I started creating a pattern to practice every week it gave me more confidence when I played my flute as I was able to follow the music that we were playing in wind ensemble from the very start.