If you know the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, this piece will be familiar. The introduction frames the entire piece both harmonically and metrically. In the opening, Imagine defining the four corners of a picture frame with which a picture will be created. In this lilting jazz waltz, listen and catch the groove. Seek out the expressive qualities of each line and connect body gestures to match that of the musicians delicate phasing that could represent how skating is bound by so much effort to get moving and almost like flying once finally started. The music just fades out on the third repeat, freeze on the last chop. Tell students to always watch their own hands as much as possible.
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