P1 - E1

Play with the teacher and/or other learners, demonstrating some basic ensemble skills by listening, watching and keeping in time with the group

Create opportunities for learners to:

  • play with an accompaniment, provided either by the teacher or by recorded means
  • play in a small ensemble

In addition to their lessons, all learners should be provided with opportunities for participation in ensembles. By playing with others, they are likely to:

  • increase their motivation and interest
  • quicken their rate of progress
  • widen their performing skills
  • improve their personal and social skills

With carefully differentiated parts, even those at the earliest stages of learning can enjoy the sense of achievement of playing as part of an ensemble.

Ask learners to follow someone beating time.

This can be a fun activity, with the teacher or learners beating time at a variety of tempi.