Legato vs Non-Legato (Music Teacher Tip #13)


A simple trick that I use to teach legato vs non-legato. Students get it immediately!

How do you teach legato vs non-legato? Share in the comments!


  1. Ronda

    Great tip! Thank you.

  2. G A

    Great! Thanks.

  3. grace

    Great kinesthetic visual Jennifer! I will use it. I like to teach non-legato first for at least a few weeks before we do legato. It helps to solidify the downward arm weighted motion which is so foundational for technique. Then, after this is somewhat established, the downward motion becomes the starting point for “sliding” or “gliding” into other notes = legato. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

    • Jennifer Foxx

      Yes! That’s great! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Grace!


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