Unit D6 – Articulation

For this stage students should become confident at playing tenuto notes. They should also experience playing pieces that include a mixture of the articulations they have learned so far.

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  • As with previous sections on articulation (Units A6, B6, and C6) get students to experiment with making the tenuto sound without pieces.
  • Get the student to describe how different ways of using the arm/hand/fingers/body can make different sounds on the piano.
  • Play different articulation for the student and see if they can name each different style of playing.
  • Discuss how articulations can change the character or mood of a piece.
  • Ask the student to identify articulation within the pieces the student is learning, or add extra articulation that fits the context of the piece.

Vibrant Music Teaching

  • Articulation Ivy can be used to help students remember the name and sound of different articulations learned up to and beyond this Stage. You can either introduce the additional styles or print two sets of cards and remove the ones the relevant articulations. For an extra level of difficulty ask students to play the style of articulation on their instrument using a simple scale or technical exercise they know.