Following the walk, Luna (a music therapy student) led us through an improvisation to conclude our time. We each chose rocks of various sizes and took them to a fountain in the education building.
We ended our session with a few free improvisations. Rhythm and timing became a more prominent player at this point, resulting in some very cool moments. The consistent running water of the fountain became more noticeable to me as well.
A huge part of this experience was handling the rocks, feeling the weight, size, and texture of each one. For me, this tangible aspect helped increase my awareness of the sounds the stones made as they hit the water. I’m sure setting the rock into motion in order to make a sound also contributed.
We reflected that this exercise bounced back and forth, at times feeling like creating music and at other times being more playful in nature. And both were great! I highly recommend dropping stones into water either by yourself or with a friend. It was relaxing yet engaging all at once. Plus, the “found object” nature of the stones as instruments may promote openness to other nontraditional music possibilities.
(And don’t worry, we removed all rocks from the fountain and returned them to their original location.)
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:45 - 6:15pm