What is musical expressiveness? Let’s discover it with Bartòk!

How to teach musical expressiveness to young pianists

    School sections
    • Upper secondary school
    • Lower secondary school
    Educational subjects
    • Instrumental practice

What is musical expressiveness? Let’s discover it with Bartòk!

The educational path originated from the need to develop effective strategies to teach young pianists how to play a piece in an expressive way from a musical viewpoint, and therefore what strategies to adopt in order to teach musical expressiveness.

This creative-visual educational approach adopted different strategies (questions to the teacher, debates with the students, the imagining of a story, the use of metaphors, gesture modeling, etc.) in order to develop musical expressiveness through creativity and the analysis of the score.

Work tools

In order to develop the educational path, the following materials were necessary:
- piece no. 51 Waves from Mikrokosmos by B. Bartok, previously analyzed by the teachers and divided into expressive points
- a piano;
- an audio recorder;
- a software for the analysis of the audio data (in MIDI format, for example).

Educational purposes

The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.

    • Sound perception
    • Interpretation
    • Analysis
    • Comprehension
    • Execution
    Reading and Writing
    • Use of conventional analogic music notation
    Lower secondary school
    • Understands and evaluates events, materials, and musical works recognising their meanings, also in relation to his/her own musical experience and the different historical/sociological context.
    • Actively participating in music experiences through the execution and the interpretation of vocal and instrumental music pieces belonging to different genres and cultures.
    Reading and Writing
    • Using different notation systems functional to reading, analysis and reproduction of pieces of music
Educational targets

The students learned how to:
- identify timbre and dynamic differences
- identify the sections that characterized the formal structure of the piece analyzed
- understand the meaning of some basic composition forms: imitation, canon
- investigate a simple score in a simple but effective manner
- identify the musical meaning of a piece
- communicate, during the performance, the meaning identified
- improve their expressive-performance abilities in a conscious manner


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Materiali finalizzati all'azione didattica
Waves Download
Waves punti espressivi Download
Waves sezioni AB Download
Waves recorded by Loránt Szȕcs Download
Bibliografia Download