LP Expressions 1

Staccato and legato

Expressions in the music 1

Duration: 1 lesson

The following games are used for this exercise: the Museum, the Clarinet Street Musician and the Quiz at the television studio.

The pupils will achieve the following skills:

"They will become acquainted with two of the expressions used in music, namely staccato (short notes with 'intervals' in between) and legato (long coherent notes)

"They will be able to distinguish between the two expressions

"They will be able to recognise the two expressions when listening to them

"They will be able to use the proper name of the expressions when discussing music

"They will be able to form an opinion as to how the expressions affect the music


The pupils must acquire knowledge of the two expressions in music on their own by reading about the expressions staccato and legato and listening to the examples in book No. 5, text boxes 1 and 2 at the Museum.

The pupils will play the subgame with the clarinet street musician Preben C. and in this way test their knowledge. Please note that the street musician will play other expressions as well.

In the Quiz, they must answer questions about staccato and legato. All questions deal with staccato and legato.

If the pupils have made too many mistakes in the subgames, they can always return to the museum and read about/listen to everything again.

Launch the activity by writing on the blackboard:

"Log on to www.themusicgame.net. Go to the museum and hear what the custodian has to say."


Always use the terms describing the different expressions when talking with the pupils: staccato (short notes with 'intervals' in between) and legato (long coherent notes).

Instructions for the pupils

The custodian's speech

"Welcome! Nice of you to drop by. Have you met one of the street musicians? The one playing the clarinet? His name is Preben C. He's really good. He's practising playing some different expressions that can be used in music. If you go there, you might be lucky and earn some money. He's very fond of the game: "Guess what expression I'm playing now."

Before you go see him, read about the two expressions in music - staccato and legato. You can find the book in the brown bookcase here at the museum. It's book No. 5 in the brown bookcase. Have a look at the text boxes 1 and 2.

If you drop by the television studio, I think that you're in luck. They've a quiz about staccato and legato today. I wouldn't be surprised if you can earn quite a lot of money. It won't be long before you have more money than me. Ha ha…

I've placed a note on the notice board. Read it before you start. I must be on my way."

The custodian's note

Find book No. 5 in the brown bookcase and read the text boxes 5 and 6 about staccato and legato.

Afterwards, go find Preben C. in town. He is playing the clarinet. He is practising playing different expressions. He can play in many different ways and he will give you points and coins if you can answer his questions. He is usually very fond of playing the game called: "Guess what expression I'm playing now."

Go to the Quiz. They have questions about staccato and legato today so there will be plenty of opportunities to earn a lot of money.


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