Music Workshop at My Church

Last Saturday I had the privilege to give a workshop on how to read music at my church. Music is a language in and of itself, with its own syntax and traditions and rules, so for someone who has never tried to understand how to read a score, it’s incredibly intimidating. But then, for someone who has been reading music all good life, sometimes it’s still difficult:

The first movement Adagio from Bach's Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin. We always read the "edited" version, but still it's difficult to sort out all the notes.

The first movement Adagio from Bach’s Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin.
We always read the “edited” version, but still it’s difficult to sort out all the notes.

I only had two hours, and I made as much effort as I could to give an overview of pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and other stuff. Talking about key signatures and sharps and flats was admittedly more difficult than I had anticipated. I learned a lot during the process itself too, and I’ll be making an effort to expand the material from this workshop into (possibly) a full blown seminar or course. Clearly, it takes a lot more time than a two-hour workshop to teach someone on the subject and all its subtleties, but I hope that it was equally useful for everyone who attended, regardless of their musical background.

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