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Rote

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Rote is the absence of notation, when a student learns music by copying the teacher, by ear or both. There is usually notation for teacher parts.

Quarter Notes

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Notes whose values are worth one beat or a quarter of a whole note.

Play By Ear

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Learning piano music without using notation, usually by listening to a teacher or by listening to recordings.

Partial Staff Notation

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Written musical notation that uses two, three, or four staff lines instead of the normal five.

Piano

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Playing softly at the piano, both as a technique and as notation.

Note Names in Noteheads

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A type of notation used for Primary level students where the pitch names are placed inside the noteheads. This is usually used in combination with either off-staff notation or partial staff notation.

Off-Staff Notation

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Written musical notation that doesn’t use staff lines and sometimes shows the names of the notes in the note heads.

Melodic 4ths

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Two notes played in succession, usually in one hand but sometimes in both, whose distance is the interval of a 4th apart.

Melodic 5ths

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Two notes played in succession, usually in one hand but sometimes in both, whose distance is the interval of a 5th apart.

Melodic 2nds

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Two notes played in succession, usually in one hand but sometimes in both, whose distance is the interval of a 2nd apart.

Melodic 3rds

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Two notes played in succession, usually in one hand but sometimes in both, whose distance is the interval of a 3rd apart.

Hands Separate

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When only one hand plays at a time throughout most or all of a work.

Forte

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Playing loudly at the piano, both as a technique and as notation.

Half Notes

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Notes whose values half of whole note or double the length of quarter notes. They’re often the second note value a student learns.

Blocked 2nds

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Two notes played together, usually in one hand but sometimes in both, whose distance is the interval of a 2nd apart.

Five Finger Scales

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Simple five-note scales whose notes fit within a comfortable hand shape, usually the first five notes of a major or minor scale.

Bar Lines

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Vertical lines on the staff that separate notated music into measures.

Level 1

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Primary level works are the easiest and simplest works in the repertoire. Almost all primary level works are pedagogical in nature and feature unique notational systems to help students more easily grasp the basics of piano playing. Every element type in this level is foundational and introduced as its most basic and simple form.