I would like to ask for handy tips for Mozart The Piano Concerto in A major! Its ’08 Leaving ce

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      :I would like to ask for handy tips for Mozart The Piano Concerto in A major! It ’08 Leaving cert!

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      I would like to ask for handy tips for Mozart The Piano Concerto in A major! Its '08 Leaving cert!

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      Hi Asho,

      Not sure if your still finding Mozart hard but sure here are my tips any way.

      First things first when studying any of the set works, make yourself out a grid. This will help you focus in on the basics. The grid should consist of three sections : –

      1. Basic information
      Key signature & tonality
      Time Signature, Meter & Tempo
      Form
      Instrumentation
      Brief historical background (era e.g. Classical era)

      2. Themes and motifs

      For each section / movement, draw out the significant motifs. Learn how to play these / sing them. There is always a question asking you to complete a theme / motif on the leaving certificate. Also take note of the major features of each theme e.g. sequence, intervals, repetitive notes etc.

      3. Features

      Using the a glossary of terms (check out the LC revision book) make out a list of terms that are significant to the piece. For any of the harder terms, make out musical scored examples from the work.

      Doing this should take a total of 6 hours (maximum) for each work, thats 24 hours in total. Between now and christmass take one work a week, listen to it while making out the notes and you should be fine.

      Another good tip that I tell my students is to find time to listen to the work subconciously. It might sound daft but listening to the works while you are getting dressed in the morning, eating your breakfast or on the bus to and from school etc every day will actually benefit you more than trying to sit down and listen to them intensively for 3 hours a week. The later will get tedious and you’ll find yourself getting board and not wanting to do it. If the listening doesn’t disrupt your life, then it is easier to do. Also Listening to Mozart has been proving to help Maths and science skills by 10% so why not listen to it while studying to get a two way benefit! If you don’t believe me check out the Mozart effect.

      Good luck, and remember, your set works are only worth 12.5% of the overall exam so don’t get bogged down in them. There are much easier ways of gaining points in music like working on your practical skills and composition skills. Also listening to Irish music and learning Irish Music essays are much more beneficial.

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