Medieval Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
This lesson plan uses a video lesson, audio samples, a game and project to teach your students about medieval music. Step-by-step instructions included along with ideas for extension activities and a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the growth of music in the medieval period
  • describe the church's impact on medieval music
  • identify the ways music changed throughout the medieval period
  • name and discuss characteristics of medieval music in samples


1 - 1.5 hours

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.L.9-10.6

Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


Key Vocabulary

  • Medieval period
  • Plainchant
  • Gregorian chant
  • Monophonic
  • Organum
  • Hildegard von Bingen
  • Polyphonic
  • Motets
  • Secular
  • Minstrels
  • Troubadours
  • Ars Nova

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