Baroque Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Baroque music. A video lesson explains Baroque music, gives its history and characteristics, then exposes readers to leading composers from the period. Finish up with a quiz and activity to make learning last.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define Baroque music
  • explain the history and characteristics of Baroque music
  • name and describe key composers from the Baroque period


1 to 1.5 hours


  • Samples of music from the Baroque period
  • Access to technology
  • Art supplies such as butcher paper and markers for creating timelines

Key Vocabulary

  • Baroque music
  • Pianoforte
  • Protestant Reformation
  • Opera
  • Layered Melodies
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Claudio Monteverdi

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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