P4 - D3

Play a variety of pieces of moderate difficulty

When learners are learning new pieces, ask them to identify and discuss structural relationships, e.g. repetitions, contrasts, deviations, developments. Ask them to describe the musical effects of these features.

Encourage learners to learn pieces more independently, identifying and solving problems, and making musical decisions.

Continue to advise learners on practising strategies.

Encourage learners to learn pieces away from the instrument in order to consider the overall character, the shape of phrases, subtleties of tempo, etc.

As learners develop their own responses to pieces, so the teacher’s input can be reduced.

Encourage learners to use the holistic approach by prompting them to apply listening skills, solve technical and musical problems and use their imaginations.