P3 - B2

Breathing and air flow

  • Breathe in freely whilst maintaining a relaxed posture and produce a controlled column of air, with increasing capacity, duration and control

Remind learners how to breathe in freely and produce a controlled column of air.

When playing pieces, ensure learners breathe in appropriate places to match the musical phrases.

Ask learners to sing phrases before playing.

Play long-note competitions, using different and changing dynamics, e.g. crescendo and diminuendo, in order to evaluate and improve breath control.

Continue to encourage learners to think about:

  • blowing through the instrument, not into it
  • blowing towards a distant point

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