Unit B05 – Dynamics

To successfully complete unit B5 students should become confident in:

  • knowing the terms mezzo piano, mezzo forte, crescendo and diminuendo.
  • knowing and spotting the different signs for crescendo and diminuendo
  • playing basic crescendos and diminuendos in their pieces.


  • Experiment with making different sounds at the piano. Discuss how it physically feels to make loud and soft sounds. Can your students explain what they had to do differently to change the dynamic?
  • Explore the inner workings of the piano by lifting the lid and seeing what happens inside.
  • Discuss the dynamics of the piece and how they contribute to the character.
  • Add more sophisticated to dynamics to your student’s favourite pieces. Encourage your students to think about the mood or story of the piece.
  • Use 5 finger scales or other simple technical exercises that your students know well to help them develop greater control over dynamic techniques.

Study for Five

  • Fruit Faces in the Free Music Pack (Beginner Theory) is an entertaining game that will help students remember the terms piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, and forte.


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Stage B Signs and Symbols
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Stage B Signs and Symbols Quiz