For my Section 2 Activity, I created a melody on the piano and then improvised off of the melody for a few minutes. I then played the recording separately to three of my friends and asked each of them what emotions and feelings the recording brought out for them. All three of my friends had very different reactions to the recording.
This was a very engaging exercise for me for several reasons. Firstly, it allowed me to convince myself of the merit of music as a voice in itself. During Week 1 of this course, we learned that a voice means something different for each individual listener. This exercise showed me that this is indeed apparent, but it also showed me that music is definitely a type of voice. Next, it was very special to me to be able to connect ideas we have studied in this course with my own life. “Pianist” is one of the main describers that my friends and family would use to talk about me. I started playing the piano when I was four and I have never stopped. I love piano, I love the emotions that I can get out through the piano, and I love music in general. My whole life, I have been a classical pianist, but recently, I have experimented with improvising. The improvisation that I did for my Section 2 Activity was a great starting-off point for my practice of improvisation. Improvisation allows me to let out different feelings on the piano than classical music allows me to let out. My Section 2 Activity helped me to see this and I am very grateful.