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How To Teach Music Expressive Terms – Articulation

What are expressive controls in music?

While musical elements such as rhythm and melody change the basic movement of the music, articulation refer to HOW the music is played.

common pitfalls

how to teach

Grade 1

  • a strong sound for a note or beat (accent); smooth and detached articulation

Grade 2

  • articulation (e.g., smooth [legato], detached [staccato])

Grade 3

  • articulation and expression marks encountered in music listened to, sung, and played (e.g., staccato, legato, signs for crescendo and decrescendo)

Grade 4

  • articulation (e.g., phrase markings)

Grade 5

  • articulation encountered in music listened to, sung, and played, and their signs

Music Examples

activities to teach

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