About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Visual Score Analysis chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Phrase structure|
|How to analyze phrase structure|
Strophic, through-composed, binary, ternary
Exposition, development, recapitulation
Theme and variation
Coda and codetta
Definition of rondo form
Definition of coda
|Wednesday||Texture and voices in music|
Dynamics in music
Melody and harmony
|Thin and thick texture, numbered arrangements|
Common dynamics and why they're important
Examples of melody and harmony to show how they differ
|Thursday||Melody with accompaniment|
Solo and Soli
|Examples of accompaniment|
Definition of polyphony
Definition of heterophony
Definition of solo
|Friday||Instrumentation and identification of timbre|
Instrument families in an orchestra
Register and tessiture
|How timbre is established|
Types of instruments in an orchestra and their groupings
Definition of register and tessitura
Overview of transposition
1. Texture and Voices in Music: Definition & Overview
Why are background instruments important? What do 'thin' and 'thick' mean in a musical sense? Let's find out more about texture and how we use it to describe music.
2. Dynamics in Music: Piano, Forte and Why They Are Important
Dynamics are a way of communicating volume and intensity in music. Piano, forte and other markings help musicians interpret the expressive quality of the music. What do these markings look like? What types of markings exist, and what do they mean? Learn more about dynamics in this lesson!
3. Melody vs. Harmony: Definitions and Examples
What is a 'melody?' How are 'melody' and 'harmony' different? What kinds of harmonies are used in classical and current popular styles of music? Find out the basics of melody and harmony in this lesson.
4. Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion
There are so many instruments in the orchestra! What similarities and differences can one find between them? How do the instruments work? Find out about the string, woodwind, brass and percussion families in this lesson!
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