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Ch 28: NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: The Arts

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Use these lessons to prepare for questions on the NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II teachers' certification exam about music, drama, dance, sculpture and painting.

NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: The Arts - Chapter Summary

This series of short, engaging lesson videos will help you prepare for questions on the NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II exam about the different types and components of the performing and fine arts. In these video lessons our professional instructors will help you improve your understanding of:

  • The instrumental families of orchestra
  • Concepts of tempo, rhythm, melody and harmony in music
  • Time periods and styles of drama
  • How to analyze dramatic works and the roles in producing a play
  • Ballet dance and contemporary dance in the U.S.
  • Evolution of sculpture and major historical sculptors
  • Major painters and the development of painting throughout the years
  • How art is used to communicate and express one's self

After these video lessons, take the lesson quizzes to test your understand of the material presented in them. Then, review your results from these short assessments to discover topics you don't understand. To improve your understanding of these topics, use the video tags to return to and study the parts of the lessons that explained them. If you come across a topic that confuses you, use the teacher tabs of the lessons to ask our instructors for assistance.

12 Lessons in Chapter 28: NMTA Elementary Education Subtest II: The Arts
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Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

1. 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!

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!

Rhythm: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Rests & Other Basic Rhythms

3. Rhythm: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Rests & Other Basic Rhythms

Rhythm is an imperative part of music. Knowing the basic rhythms such as quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests will give you a deeper understanding of the music you hear. Learn about these notes and other basic rhythms in this lesson!

Melody vs. Harmony: Definitions and Examples

4. 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.

What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

5. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

6. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.

What Are The Roles in Producing a Play?

7. What Are The Roles in Producing a Play?

Discover what it takes to put on a play! Explore the many roles on and off stage. Learn about the various stages of production from conception to wrap. In the theater, no part is too small.

Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts

8. Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts

The fact that most ballet terms are in French can make them seem intimidating, but they're more accessible than you might think. Learn some of the key terms used in ballet dance.

Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States

9. Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States

Contemporary dance in America is like nothing that came before it. Learn about the dancers and choreographers who shaped this art form in the 20th century and made it uniquely American.

What is Sculpture? - Definition, Evolution & Major Artists

10. What is Sculpture? - Definition, Evolution & Major Artists

Discover what makes the art of sculpture special. Explore the evolution of sculpture through the works of famous sculptors throughout history, and learn about tribal, readymade, kinetic, and biomorphic sculpture. Then test yourself on your new knowledge.

What is Painting? - Definition, Evolution & Major Artists

11. What is Painting? - Definition, Evolution & Major Artists

Learn about what defines a painting as a specific form of art work. Explore famous painters in history and the works for which they're remembered. Discover what makes the painting a consistent form across the history of art.

Communication & Self-Expression Through Art

12. Communication & Self-Expression Through Art

Why do people make art? Have you ever taken a brush to paper and used it to pour out frustrations? In this lesson, we'll explore ideas about communication and self-expression through art.

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