Play with others, helping to maintain a separate part and showing awareness of their role within the ensemble
Ask learners to play a variety of ensemble pieces together, maintaining a regular pulse and listening to the other players.
Remind learners to sit/stand so that they can clearly watch the leader or conductor.
Ask learners to play different parts of a piece (with differentiated levels of difficulty) in turn, discovering which part is the most significant in any particular passage and noting how the parts fit together.
Encourage different learners to take a lead, perhaps by counting in, selecting the tempi or suggesting expressive contrasts.
Encourage learners to participate in an appropriate ensemble, playing in unison with others initially, later maintaining a separate part.
Regular ensemble experiences provide a focus for making music. Taking part in a group promotes quicker progression and increased motivation and helps learners to develop social and personal skills.
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