In Level 3 the right hand plays the melody (tune) and the left hand plays the accompaniment. Your hands are placed one octave apart. Occasionally the right hand moves where the melody requires it. In Level 3 the pieces are written in the keys of G major and D major. You will be reading the musical notes for both the right hand and left hand simultaneously. The right hand reads from the top stave using the treble clef. The left hand reads from the bottom stave using the bass clef. The pieces of piano sheet music in Level 3 have either 4 beats in a bar or 3 beats in a bar.
8vb (ottava bassa) mans play all of the notes one octave lower
loco (“in place”) is written after an 8va or 8vb marking. It means play all the notes back in their original position.
pp stands for pianissimo, which means play very quietly.
p stands for piano, which means play quietly.
mp stands for mezzo piano, which means play quite quietly.
mf stands for mezzo forte, which means play quite loudly.
f stands for forte, which means play loudly.
ff stands for fortissimo, which means play very loudly.
crescendo means gradually get louder.
diminuendo means gradually get quieter.