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Ch 20: The Baroque Period in Music Lesson Plans

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The Baroque Period in Music chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the composers, instruments and music that make the Baroque period distinctive. 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 Baroque Period in 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 The organ;
Counterpoint;
The fugue
The role of the organ in Baroque music;
How counterpoint was used;
Characteristics of a fugue, along with audio examples
Tuesday The oratorio;
Decorative and ornate music;
Baroque composers
The oratorio's role in church music and a look at important composers;
New ideas in musical expression;
Notable musicians, including Bach, Vivaldi and Pachelbel
WednesdayOpera composers;
Henry Purcell and Antonio Vivaldi
Monteverdi and Lully;
Important composers in England and Italy
Thursday Bach;
Handel
Organ music, fugues and solo works from Bach;
Handel's oratorios and other major works
FridayThe Baroque orchestra;
The origins of opera
Structure and instruments of the orchestra of the period;
Early operas and their influences and components

11 Lessons in Chapter 20: The Baroque Period in Music Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Organ: Instrument Characteristics and History

1. The Organ: Instrument Characteristics and History

The organ and other keyboard instruments were important catalysts in driving composers to create more complex music in the Baroque era. Learn how the instruments work and why they played such an important role during this time period.

Counterpoint in the Baroque Period: Definition, Harmony & Examples

2. Counterpoint in the Baroque Period: Definition, Harmony & Examples

The use of counterpoint is a significant characteristic of Baroque period music. In this lesson, learn how to define counterpoint, how it was used during the Baroque period, and hear popular examples.

The Fugue: Bach, Definition & Examples

3. 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.

The Oratorio: Composers, Definitions & Examples

4. The Oratorio: Composers, Definitions & Examples

The oratorio was significant to Catholic and Protestant church life throughout Europe during the Baroque period. Find out about the oratorio's role in church, influential composers, and why it will make you want to shout 'Hallelujah!'

Decorative and Ornate Music of the Baroque Era

5. Decorative and Ornate Music of the Baroque Era

Through embellished melodies and newly established ideas of harmonic theory, the music of the Baroque era brought a new sense of musical expression. In this lesson, learn how composers of the era achieved affective music through new influence and a new style of writing.

Baroque Composers: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel & More

6. Baroque Composers: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel & More

The Baroque was an exuberant musical period that lasted from 1600-1750. This lesson will introduce you to some of the Baroque's most famous composers.

Baroque Opera Composers: Monteverdi & Lully

7. Baroque Opera Composers: Monteverdi & Lully

The Baroque period began with the invention of opera, and composers like Monteverdi and Lully helped bring the opera genre to new heights. In this lesson, we'll explore the life and music of these two great opera composers.

Antonio Vivaldi and Henry Purcell: Baroque Composers in Italy and England

8. Antonio Vivaldi and Henry Purcell: Baroque Composers in Italy and England

In this lesson, we'll explore the life and music of two of the Baroque period's greatest stars: the English composer Henry Purcell and the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. Then, test yourself with the brief quiz.

Bach: Important Works, Organ, Fugues and Solo Works

9. Bach: Important Works, Organ, Fugues and Solo Works

In this lesson, you'll meet Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the greatest composers and organists from music's Baroque period. This lesson will introduce you to Bach's life and works, with an emphasis on his organ music.

Handel: Major Works & Oratorio

10. Handel: Major Works & Oratorio

Though George Frideric Handel was born in Germany, he composed the world's most popular English choral piece. This lesson explores how Handel's career brought him to England and how he captured the public's heart with his compositions called oratorios.

The Baroque Orchestra: Instruments, Structure & Forms

11. The Baroque Orchestra: Instruments, Structure & Forms

In the history of Western music, the Baroque orchestra holds a very important position. In this lesson, explore the formation and structure of the Baroque orchestra, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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