Call & Response in Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Call and response is a fun music form your students will love to learn about. This video-based lesson explains the key points through direct instruction then gets students up and moving for active learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define call and response music
  • identify forms of call and response music
  • write call and response music


1 hour

Key Vocabulary

  • Call and response
  • Phrase
  • Binary form

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

Direct Instruction

  • Start the video lesson Call & Response in Music: Definition, Songs & Examples and pause at 0:47.
  • Define 'call and response' and ask:
    • When and where have you heard of this form of music?
    • What is your favorite part of call and response?
    • What is a melodic phrase?
  • Resume the lesson and pause at 3:15. Discuss:
    • What is the difference between formal and informal call and response music?
    • How is binary form used in call and response?
  • Divide students into partner pairs or small groups and instruct them to think of and/or research a piece of call and response music, ranging from one to three minutes in length.
  • Have students practice the call and response then teach it to the class. What type of call and response is it? What is the melody?
  • Play the remainder of the lesson and have students take the quiz.

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