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Ch 19: Renaissance Music Lesson Plans

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The Renaissance Music chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the instruments, music and composers that were unique to the Renaissance 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 Renaissance 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 Renaissance songs;
Sacred and secular music
Madrigals and vocal pieces;
Analysis of church music, madrigals and motets
Tuesday Composers;
Instrumental music
Josquin, Palestrina and Dufay;
The instrumental works of Byrd and Gabrieli
WednesdayRise of polyphony;
Schools of composers
Dufay, des Prez and Palestina;
English and Italian composers
Thursday Instrumental music New instruments invented during the period;
Instrumental and vocal compositions
FridayDance music and its importance during the periodHistory of dance music, dance forms, court dance and musicians

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: Renaissance Music Lesson Plans
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Songs of the Renaissance: Madrigals and Vocal Parts

1. Songs of the Renaissance: Madrigals and Vocal Parts

A key musical component of the Renaissance period was the madrigal. In this lesson, learn how the complex church vocal music from the end of the Medieval Era was transformed into singable melodies made for the secular courts and the educated public.

Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular

2. Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular

The Renaissance Era (ca. 1450-1600) brought about great change in both sacred and secular music. In this lesson, you'll learn about the most significant types of sacred and secular music in the Renaissance Era and their characteristics.

Renaissance Composers: Josquin, Palestrina, & Dufay

3. Renaissance Composers: Josquin, Palestrina, & Dufay

While there were many composers that brought new ideas, changes and influences to Renaissance Era music, there are three composers that clearly exemplify the styles and progressions made at the time. In this lesson, learn about these three composers and their contributions.

Composers of the Renaissance Period: Instrumental Music of Byrd & Gabrieli

4. Composers of the Renaissance Period: Instrumental Music of Byrd & Gabrieli

The rise of printed media during the Renaissance period helped instrumental music move to the forefront of musical development. In this lesson, learn about William Byrd and Giovanni Gabrieli, two significant instrumental composers of the time.

Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina

5. Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina

While not a new concept, polyphony underwent great development during the Renaissance period. In this lesson, learn how music evolved texturally, and how three great composers of the time period influenced this development.

Schools of Renaissance Composers: English and Italian

6. Schools of Renaissance Composers: English and Italian

The Virginalist, Flemish, and Venetian schools of musical thought were highly influential throughout Europe during the Renaissance. In this lesson, learn the hallmarks and styles of each school and their collective impact on music of the time.

Instrumental Music of the Renaissance: Instruments, Compositions & Dance

7. Instrumental Music of the Renaissance: Instruments, Compositions & Dance

Before the Renaissance, vocal music was king, but in the 16th century instrumental music was on the rise. In this lesson, you'll learn about the top five factors that influenced the rise of instrumental music during the Renaissance period.

Dance Music of the Renaissance: History and Forms

8. Dance Music of the Renaissance: History and Forms

Long before the Harlem shake, swing dancing and even the waltz, there was Renaissance-style dance music. Learn about the music behind the dance, and how dance influenced the future of music.

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