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Dynamics in Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How do dynamics impact the music we hear every day? This lesson plan introduces students to this concept through a vivid video lesson. An analysis activity gives students a chance to show what they've learned.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'dynamics in music'
  • explain the purpose and importance of dynamics in music
  • identify the various types of dynamics used in music

Length

  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Materials

  • The quiz associated with the video lesson
  • Student note taking material

Key Vocabulary

  • Dynamics
  • Piano
  • Forte
  • Mezzo piano
  • Mezzo forte
  • Fortepiano
  • Pianoforte
  • Sforzando
  • Crescendo

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