Unit B5 – Dynamics

By the end of Unit B5 students should be 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.

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


Activities

  • Students should first experiment with out to make these different sounds on the piano. Discuss how it feels to make loud and soft sounds with your students, and see if they can work out what they need to do differently.
  • This subject is a great opportunity to take a look inside the piano if you haven’t already.
  • Ask your student to add more sophisticated dynamics to pieces they can already play well.
  • Link the dynamics to the character of the piece.
  • Develop dynamic skills by asking students to play a 5 finger scale, or easy technical exercise in a particular dynamic or with a certain dynamic contrast.

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.

Worksheets

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Stage B Signs and Symbols
One worksheet on the signs and symbols covered in Stage B

Stage B Signs and Symbols Quiz