Ch 63: TExES Core Subjects EC-6: Music Terminology

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Use the lessons in this chapter to polish up your knowledge of music terminology, so you can feel prepared for these types of questions on the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam.

TExES Core Subjects EC-6: Music Terminology - Chapter Summary

Teaching music skills is an important part of a comprehensive education program, so you're likely to see relevant questions on the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam. In this chapter, brush up on terminology used in music instruction. Specifically, review:

  • Rhythm, tempo, pitch and dynamics
  • Comparison of melody and harmony
  • Timbre of singers and instruments
  • Analysis of musical form
  • Meters and time signatures
  • Major scales and music notation

The lessons in this chapter have been developed to help you explore musical terms you are likely to come across on the exam. To keep the studying experience engaging and effective, you'll find both video and text lessons that illustrate the material. After each lesson, take a self-assessment quiz to test your knowledge. Track your progress through the chapter on your Dashboard.

11 Lessons in Chapter 63: TExES Core Subjects EC-6: Music Terminology
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Rhythm: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Rests & Other Basic Rhythms

1. 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

2. 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.

Musical Form: Definitions and Analysis

3. Musical Form: Definitions and Analysis

What is musical form and why is it important? How can we determine the form of a song just by listening? In this lesson, learn the different parts that make up a musical form.

Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition

4. 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!

Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms

5. 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!

What Is Pitch in Music? - Definition & Concept

6. What Is Pitch in Music? - Definition & Concept

This lesson will explore the concept of musical pitch, which is generally thought of as the 'highness' or 'lowness' of a sound. Together with amplitude, duration, and tone color, pitch is one of the four basic elements of all musical sounds.

Meters and Time Signatures in Musical Forms

7. 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!

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

8. 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!

Listening for Intonation Cues

9. Listening for Intonation Cues

Making sense of intonation cues in spoken English can be tough, especially if it isn't your first language. To help you figure it out, here's a guide to what to listen for.

Major Scale: Definition & Intervals

10. Major Scale: Definition & Intervals

You hear it in commercials, pop songs, film music, and even ringtones! Learn what the major scale is, why composers like to use it, and even the special formula you can use to make a major scale on any note!

Music Notation: History & Theory

11. Music Notation: History & Theory

This lesson will introduce you to the Western music notation system, which is used to write down music in countless different styles. Learn about how the system conveys pitch, rhythm, and other core musical concepts.

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