Unit E06 – Articulation

In Stage E students should learn about these articulation combinations:

  • Staccatos and legatos together
  • Staccatos and tenutos together


  • Use scales or other technical exercises to allow the student to practice these articulations.
  • Discuss the difference between simple staccato, legato, or tenuto articulations, and what happens when we combine them. Think about why composers use these specific articulations. Remember to consider the context of the piece and talk about this with your student.
  • Explore these sounds at the piano and encourage the student to experiment with arm, hand, and finger weight.

Vibrant Music Teachers

  • Articulation Ivy can be used at this level. Simply remove the cards students haven’t met yet. If you remove a significant number of cards then duplicate the set and have some doubles.