Ch 1: Music Terminology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Build on the lesson plan outlines in this chapter to create fun and interesting lessons on music terminology for your students. In addition to the outlines, you will find accompanying lessons that you can incorporate into your teaching strategy.

Music Terminology Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Music, like almost everything else, has its own language. The lessons and lesson plan outlines in this chapter will provide you with ideas and materials that you can use to teach musical terminology to your students. You will find materials and outlines that will help you teach your students how to define and understand tempo, dynamics, timbre in voice and musical instruments, and much more. You will have what you need to design lessons on:

  • What time signatures are and how to read them
  • The meaning and use of dynamics in music: piano vs. forte
  • Ways to recognize tempo and what is meant by musical timbre in voices and instruments
  • How to define and recognize ostinato, and more!

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: This chapter offers lesson plan outlines and other tools that will ensure that your lessons in music vocabulary are consistent with current educational standards.
  • Student engagement: These materials give you the means to create dynamic, fun and easy lessons that will keep your students interested.
  • Vocabulary words: By using these lesson plans, you can make learning music vocabulary easy and fun for your students.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning music terminology lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics you want to cover in your music terminology class.
  • Formulate your class outline on music terminology using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related music terminology lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from your lessons in music terminology.
  • Engage your students with relevant activities, discussion questions or other materials related to music terminology found in the lesson plan outline.

27 Lessons in Chapter 1: Music Terminology Lesson Plans
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Tempo Lesson Plan

1. Tempo Lesson Plan

Looking for a fun and easy way to teach students about tempo? This lesson plan accomplishes this with an informative video lesson peppered throughout with opportunities for student participation. A fun game encourages mastery.

Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms

2. Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms

How does the speed of a song affect our emotions? How can we determine the speed of a song just by looking at it? By learning about tempo, we can find out!

Dynamics in Music Lesson Plan

3. Dynamics in Music Lesson Plan

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.

Dynamics in Music: Piano, Forte and Why They Are Important

4. 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!

Timbre Lesson Plan

5. Timbre Lesson Plan

How do we distinguish between voices and other sounds? This lesson plan explains that in its instruction on timbre. A video lesson helps deliver key facts and an activity highlights them.

Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition

6. Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition

How can you tell if you are listening to a violin or a flute? How do composers use timbre to express their ideas and keep the listener interested? Find out in this lesson on timbre!

Time Signature Lesson Plan

7. Time Signature Lesson Plan

How can you identify a piece of music's time signature? This lesson plan uses two engaging video lessons to teach students just that. A fun game gives them the chance to show what they've learned.

Meters and Time Signatures in Musical Forms

8. Meters and Time Signatures in Musical Forms

What's the difference between a waltz and a polka? What's a 'mazurka,' and why did Chopin write so many of them? How can time signature imply a type of form? Find the answers to these questions and more in this lesson!

Time Signature in Music: Definition and Examples

9. Time Signature in Music: Definition and Examples

Time signatures, or meters, are a way to communicate the pulse and feel of a piece of music. Musicians, dancers and listeners alike use them to interpret where the strong and weak beats lie, including their divisions. Find out the specifics of time signature in this lesson.

Texture in Music Lesson Plan

10. Texture in Music Lesson Plan

What is texture in music? This lesson plan uses an engaging and informative video lesson to outline key points about texture in music. A small group activity gives students a chance to experiment with texture.

Texture and Voices in Music: Definition & Overview

11. 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.

Melody Lesson Plan

12. Melody Lesson Plan

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.

Melody vs. Harmony: Definitions and Examples

13. 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.

Ostinato Lesson Plan

14. Ostinato Lesson Plan

What is ostinato in music? This lesson plan explains this with the help of a simple text lesson, musical examples, and an activity that gets students involved in identifying ostinato.

Ostinato: Definition & Examples

15. Ostinato: Definition & Examples

The ostinato is a compositional technique from the Baroque period that is enjoying a modern revival. Today we'll discuss the definition of ostinato, how it is used, and look at some specific musical examples.

Fugue Lesson Plan

16. Fugue Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the compositional elements of the fugue and apply their knowledge to a composition by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Fugue: Bach, Definition & Examples

17. The Fugue: Bach, Definition & Examples

A fugue is a complex style of composition that was developed during the Baroque period. In this lesson, learn how fugues are made, what characteristic qualities make up the style, and how J.S. Bach influenced the style, and listen to examples.

Surprise Symphony Lesson Plan

18. Surprise Symphony Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to help your students examine Franz Joseph Haydn's 'Surprise Symphony.' A group activity is included for students to create skits of real-life situations that correspond to the musicality of 'Surprise Symphony.'

Tempo Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. Tempo Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help you teach students all about tempo. Students will read a text lesson that explains what tempo is and how musicians use it, getting active in the process as they explore tempo by making their own instruments and keeping time.

Tempo: Lesson for Kids

20. Tempo: Lesson for Kids

How do musicians know whether to play music fast or slow? Does it matter? In this lesson you will learn about tempo in music, how musicians know what the tempo is supposed to be, and how this influences the music.

Melody Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Melody Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In this lesson plan, students will explore the idea of a melody. While reading an informational text, students will engage in hands-on activities that involve application of melody, pitch and rhythm. Students will also play games to reinforce concepts.

What is Melody? - Lesson for Kids

22. What is Melody? - Lesson for Kids

Listening to music is something all of us enjoy. But what exactly does it mean when people refer to the melody of a song? This lesson will teach you about the musical term '~'melody.'~'

What is Timbre in Music? - Definition & Examples

23. What is Timbre in Music? - Definition & Examples

The music we hear is more than just a matter of pitch and rhythm. In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of timbre and see how it impacts the sounds that we hear.

Rhythm in Music Lesson Plan

24. Rhythm in Music Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help students grasp the basics of rhythm and music notation. Group instruction will help students develop rhythm and syncopation, and a guided activity will allow students to apply the knowledge.

Music Notation Lesson Plan

25. Music Notation Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will be introduced to musical literacy. They will learn the basics of reading and writing music notation and will attempt their own basic transcriptions.

What is Music Theory? - Definition, Terms & History

26. What is Music Theory? - Definition, Terms & History

Have you ever sung a song? How about tried to write one? In this lesson, learn about music theory, important terms related to it, and the basics of its history.

Musical Form Lesson Plan

27. Musical Form Lesson Plan

This is a lesson plan on music theory, focused on binary and ternary musical forms. Your students will practice identifying these forms aurally and in reading sheet music.

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