(Note to readers-the first sentences are what I thought; the second are what I wrote)
A half note is still two beats in length. It should not be however much you feel like, any less than two beats, or a staccato for one beat with a rest. Without a pulse, your piece is dead. Have you considered Mr. Metronome for this piece? A steady tempo is your next goal.
Imagination is a must. if you're performing a sneaky detective piece, be mysterious. If it's supposed to be cool, go for it. I have sometimes heard this bear as the biggest, meanest, nastiest bear in the woods. He walks heavily (pesante) and growls!
The damper pedal is not either on or off like a light switch. Changing your pedal with the harmonies will will enhance the effect of this piece.
Dynamics people. Bringing out loud and quiet moments of your echo song can really make it come alive.
There is an inverse relation between the number of times a measure is circled and the likelihood that the student will play it correctly. I see that you are still working on measures 7-8 where your teacher has marked it. Keep listening-it's worth it!
A chair can be a friend or an enemy.
Details make the difference. In everything.
I don't like fast food.