Melody Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Teach your students about melody with this lesson plan. A video lesson defines melody and compares it to harmony using engaging text and animation to increase student understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'melody'
  • identify melody in music samples


1 hour


  • Music samples
  • Names of familiar, simple songs written on index cards

Key Vocabulary

  • Melody
  • Melodic contour
  • Conjunct
  • Disjunct
  • Harmony
  • Countermelody
  • Chords
  • Dissonant
  • Consonant

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • Engage students with the topic by playing a favorite or familiar song and allowing them to sing along (or jam out) with it.
  • Talk about why the song is familiar and memorable to them. Then tell students they will be learning about melody in music. Share prior knowledge, preview vocabulary, and start the lesson Melody vs. Harmony: Definitions and Examples.
  • Pause at 2:00 and define melody and melodic contour, then ask:
    • What role does melody serve in songs?
    • What kinds of things can be 'said' with melodic contour?
  • Divide students into partners and have them draw the melodic contour of 'Frere Jacques' and 'Joy To The World,' then compare and contrast.
  • Resume the lesson and pause again at 3:47.
  • Play a few clips of songs with conjunct and disjunct motion to allow students practice, and then play the remainder of the video.
  • Teach or review the song 'The Ants Go Marching' with students.
  • Number students one, two, or three.
  • Practice singing the song as a whole group, then sing in a round-style.
  • Discuss how the melodies worked in the song, and then take the quiz together to check understanding.

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