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Interpretation: Jump & Rest

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

This piece was composed to introduce the concept of Staccato with enough time to rest and prepare for the next note. One hand uses the notes of the triad while the other hand maintains a static root note.



Optional Resources

Physical resources

You can also download a metronome app for your mobile phone or use this link for one on Google chrome.


Learning Objectives

The learning objective sets the reasons for learning this piece. It does not cover all reasons, only the most important ones.

Interpretation Skills

Fluency Skills

  • To play C5, E5, G5

  • To play C3, E3, G3

  • To play on the beat without pauses


Demonstration Video


Complete Practice Method

  1. Read the letter names out loud.

  2. Read the music and say out loud the finger numbers you would expect to use.

  3. Sit at the piano or keyboard with the correct posture and hand position. (Link: Explanation video)

  4. Play the piece counting the rests and the notes.

  5. Remove any pauses by using a metronome at sixty beats per minute or one tick per crotchet.

  6. Use the following audio file to practice playing each hand while the other is played by the audio.

Part 1

Part 2

Notes from the Lesson

Rhythm Work

  • Use the rhythm cards to make the rhythms used in the piece then play the top line on a rhythm instrument, like coconut shells. Ask a friend to play the lower line.

  • Use the time signature to stress the importance of counting

  • Use the beat markers in the correct place to indicate where to count.

  • Draw it out on a rhythm card to be kept in the rhythm bank.

Introducing Staccato and Chords.

  • Use the note stars to indicate the notes being used.


Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) MA (Mus)(Open)

Ethnographic Musicologist, Teacher, Researcher

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