In the performance, the pianist expressed his feelings by interpreting and playing the music in different ways.
1. As a class, review the definition of interpretation.
2. Using some of the moods and feelings from your class brainstorm list, have students practice interpretation by playing this guessing game:
3. Sing a known song together as a class. Have students take turns offering a specific feeling or mood interpretation. Then sing the song together again to communicate that feeling.
In 1946, composer and band leader Jack Fina created his interpretation of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee” and titled it, “Bumble Boogie”. Then in 1948, Disney added a visual interpretation of the song in the animated film Melody Time.