If you are one of my university students mark up the song you chose for your first performance project and bring it to class to hand in when this is due.
If you are not one of my university students I highly recommend this as a great way to take your performance from amateur to professional.
Mark up a copy of the sheet music for the song you are working on with the following elements talked about in this section:
Translation – If it is in a foreign language or if there are unusual or unknown words you must translate the text word for word and understand what it means. We didn’t talk about translation as its own topic in this section. It is a much larger topic that to cover well would take us beyond the scope of this course.
Here is an example of what this might look like:
- Writing in pen. Don’t do it! Find a pencil and a good eraser.
- Writing in the original music. Don’t do it! Get a good clean copy to use as a worksheet. This piece of music will have writing all over it by the time we are done. Keep your original copy nice and clean so you can use it to copy other worksheet versions in the future.
You will be doing this for each of the songs we work on this semester and adding even more to these scores after future lessons. Make sure you are doing this work on a clean copy that is separate from the clean copy you will hand your accompanist and the clean copy you will want to keep for voice lessons. So, 3 copies of the same piece (1 clean copy for the pianist, 1 that you are using as a worksheet and will mark up, 1 clean copy for your future reference and use).