Unit E6 – Articulation

In Stage E students should learn to play notes that combine staccato and legato articulations, and staccato and tenuto articulations.

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  • Get students to play hands together scales or other simple exercises using these articulations. Remind them to go slowly at first.
  • 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.

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.