In Instrumental Music III, students complete a "sensual description" activity to help them listen closely when being introduced to a composition before they sight read it (the focus of this activity is to engage the musicians as careful listeners rather than stressing strict sight reading skills). Without identifying the composition by name, the band director instructs students to close their eyes and listen to the piece one time through. He/she encourages students to listen with all of their senses and provides the following prompts: What does the music sound like? What visual images come to mind? What textures does the music bring forth? What smells/tastes can be associated with the sounds of the music? After listening, students select one sense to focus on and share their response quickly in pairs. The band director then identifies the piece of music as Symphony No. 1 ("In Memoriam, Dresden, 1945") by Daniel Bukvich and shares historical information on the bombing of Dresden. The band director then plays the music a second time, this time telling students to list words or phrases that come to mind as they listen. The response may be in the form of a list, scattered words and phrases or even in paragraphs and is shared informally. Finally, the band director identifies the four movements of the piece by name and engages students in a discussion of the musical devices that the composer used to achieve varied effects in each section of the composition. The activity allows students to preview the piece and connect to it with their senses before sight reading it.
For example one story had a plot where nearly every single character is traumatized by another character. The main character is somewhat to blame for their predicament, however is overall innocent. But throughout the entire story these characters were 110% in support of the main character. Never once have they ever been even a little bit bitter towards the main character, even though an actual person might not be that understanding. They were upset and frustrated at their situation, but the mc was in a protective mc bubble and could do no wrong.