Unit B14 – Pedalling

In Stage B, students are introduced to the sustain pedal. By the end of Stage B, students should be able to:

  • find the sustain pedal
  • know what the sustain pedal does (in basic terms, they don’t need to fully understand the mechanics)
  • play pieces where they hold down the sustain pedal for the entire piece.

Visit: Unit B1, Unit B2, Unit B4, Unit B5, Unit B6, Unit B7, Unit B8, Unit B9, Unit B11, Unit B12, Unit B14, Unit B15
Go To: Stage A, Stage B, Stage C, Stage D, Stage E, Stage F, Stage G, Stage H


  • Play a piece of music or a tune to the student twice, once with the pedal and once without. Ask the student to describe the difference.
  • Get the student to look inside the piano and see what happens when you put the pedal(s) down. This is a further opportunity to discuss how the pedal works.
  • Ask students to compose their own pieces that use the pedal.