Unit E03 – Tempo

More tempo terms are added in Unit E3. The following are specifically identified in the curriculum but feel free to add your own.

  • allargando
  • andantino
  • grave
  • larghetto
  • presto
  • vivace
  • vivo

Students should develop and ability to manage multiple changes to tempo.


  • Ask students to clap along to a metronome at different tempos, so that they can get a feel for the speed of each tempo marking.
  • Can students play their piece, or a phrase, to a metronome’s beat?
  • Encourage students to clap a pulse in an appropriate tempo as part of the initial exploration of a new piece.