Ch 18: Medieval Music Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Medieval Music chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the unique composers, compositions and instruments of the Medieval period in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Medieval Music 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Overview of Medieval music;
Church music in the Medieval period
Music and composers;
Troubadours;
Gregorian chant, plainchant, other church music
TuesdayPolyphony and singing;
The motet
Characteristics of vocal music;
Important composers and their works
WednesdayLove songs;
Composers
Songs of courtly and unrequited love;
Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut and others
ThursdayLeonin and Perotin Polyphony, Ars Antiqua, the Notre Dame contributions
FridayHildegard von Bingen and other female composers;
Guillaume de Machaut
Characteristics of their musical style;
Ars Nova style

9 Lessons in Chapter 18: Medieval Music Lesson Plans
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What Is Medieval Music? - History, Church Music & Composers

1. What Is Medieval Music? - History, Church Music & Composers

In this lesson, you will learn about the characteristics of medieval music. You'll learn about the influence and power of the church in music and composers who exemplified these ideals, as well as those who brought music out of the church and into the streets and kingdoms across Western Europe.

Medieval Church Music: Gregorian Chant & Plainchant

2. Medieval Church Music: Gregorian Chant & Plainchant

Why is Gregorian Chant called 'Gregorian Chant?' Learn the answer, and discover the specific elements of Gregorian Chant, including its harmonic structures, variations and how it changed throughout the Medieval Period.

Singing and Polyphony in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

3. Singing and Polyphony in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Vocal music was important in both sacred and secular music in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. In this lesson, you will find out about the development of vocal styles during these time periods.

Motets: Characteristics & Composers

4. Motets: Characteristics & Composers

What is a motet? How did motets differ in the Medieval and Renaissance periods? Learn the characteristics of the different motets and key composers from each period in this lesson.

Unrequited and Courtly Love Songs of the Medieval Period

5. Unrequited and Courtly Love Songs of the Medieval Period

Troubadours entertained the royalty of the mid- and late-Medieval Period with songs of love and chivalry. In this lesson, learn about the twelfth and thirteenth century poet-musicians and their musical contributions.

Medieval Composers: Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Leonin & Perotin

6. Medieval Composers: Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Leonin & Perotin

Four of the most important composers from the Medieval Period were Hildegard von Bingen, Leonin, Perotin, and Guillaume de Machaut. Learn about their contributions and key musical works in this lesson.

Leonin and Perotin: Musical Contributions, Polyphony & Ars Antiqua

7. Leonin and Perotin: Musical Contributions, Polyphony & Ars Antiqua

The development of polyphonic, or multi-part music, was a fundamental part of the late Medieval period, and it forever influenced music thereafter. In this lesson, learn about how polyphony developed through the Medieval church composers Leonin and Perotin.

Hildegard von Bingen and Female Church Composers: Music and Styles

8. Hildegard von Bingen and Female Church Composers: Music and Styles

Hildegard von Bingen was one of the most important composers of the Medieval Period. In this lesson, learn how her compositions pushed the limits of medieval music and inspired others both musically and poetically.

Guillaume de Machaut: Music and Ars Nova Style

9. Guillaume de Machaut: Music and Ars Nova Style

Guillaume de Machaut was a French composer of the Medieval Era who significantly changed the course of music. Learn how his contributions to both sacred and secular music made him the most highly-regarded composer of his time.

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