P4 - D1

Work out by ear how to play moderately easy tunes or accompaniments, e.g. with a wider range of intervals and different octaves/positions

Ask learners to play by ear familiar tunes that include some simple modulations.

Discuss the effect of accidentals and how one might modulate from one key to another taking into consideration the requirement for the left hand to be free to move levers at key points.

Ask learners to work out some of the underlying harmonies. Discuss possible alternatives.

Ask learners to vary tunes by using alternative melodic and/or rhythmic patterns. Discuss the variations.

Improvise on the given tune and extend the piece for fun.

Regular playing by ear helps to build confidence. Familiar tunes can be worked out during individual practice and then played again in the lesson.