TEACHING Piano Adventures®

I Hear the Echo

Lesson Book page 16

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  1. Do you know what an echo is? I'll call out something and you echo me. (Call out the student's name, hello … )
  2. In music we say forte, for loud, and piano, for soft. (Shout forte, whisper piano.)
  3. Sing the melody The More We Get Together to the words Now Let's All Tap It Forte. Tap the beats forte and piano on the cover. (See video and download duet.)
  4. Play high Gs with both hands, using braced fingers 3s. (Have the student keep the beat while you play When the Saints March Forte In. (See video and download duet.)
  5. Can you find and circle this rhythm pattern in the piece?
    quarter quarter quarter quarter half-note half-note
  6. Let's play. Remember your echo!
An echo is a good way to describe the difference between forte and piano.

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Hearing the difference between forte and piano is ear-training!

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pedagogy pointers

Dynamics are introduced early so that more sensitive playing is part of the student's musical experience from the outset of study.

The example of an echo is a natural way to teach the difference between forte and piano. Doing this also promotes pattern recognition. The words in the piece reinforce the loud/soft concept, and the echo phrases are true—the notes and rhythms are the same.

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Teaching Video 16

Both Patrick and David have fun changing dynamics before they are asked to use them while playing a piece. David really enjoys leading those "saints" himself.

The new rhythm pattern is a long one, but it helps Patrick see the shape of the piece and how the pattern is repeated.

Sending music echo messages is another dynamic experience for David that might easily be an ear-training game, too.

Patrick discovers that Martians can create echoes in outer space. A far-out, eerie experience!

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