Ch 21: The Classical Period in Music Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Classical Period in Music chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the distinctive style of music, the composers and the period instruments of this era in music. 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.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Classical 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 Musical form;
Music and art
Form and organization of music of the classical period;
The connection between music and art in the classical period
TuesdayThe piano;
The symphony
Characteristics of the piano and its use in classical music;
History and parts of the symphony and its function in the period's society
WednesdayClassical opera;
Mozart and other classical composers
Mozart operas;
Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven
ThursdayHaydn Symphonies and compositions for string quartet
FridayBeethovenSymphonies, the shift from the classical to the romantic period

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: The Classical Period in Music Lesson Plans
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Instrumental Music in the Classical Era

1. Instrumental Music in the Classical Era

During music's Classical period, instrumental music was popular entertainment in both the concert hall and the home. In this lesson, we'll look at four popular genres of Classical-era instrumental music: symphony, concerto, string quartet, and sonata.

Classical Music and Art: How Music Connected to Art in the Classical Period

2. Classical Music and Art: How Music Connected to Art in the Classical Period

Did you know that the word 'classical' in 'Classical music' is a reference to 'classical' Greek and Roman art? In this lesson, we'll talk about how the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome influenced both music and art during music's Classical Period.

The Piano: Instrument Definition, Characteristics and Usage

3. The Piano: Instrument Definition, Characteristics and Usage

The piano is central to so many of today's music genres, but did you know that it first became popular during music's Classical Period? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of the piano, find out how it works, and learn about the role it played in Classical-era music.

The Symphony: History, Parts and Function in Society

4. The Symphony: History, Parts and Function in Society

During the Classical Period, the genre of symphony was considered the highest form of instrumental music. In this lesson, we'll look at how the symphony developed and the part it played in Classical-era culture.

Classical Era Opera: Mozart and Popular Operas

5. Classical Era Opera: Mozart and Popular Operas

Classical era opera offers a dramatic reflection of the society of its time. Read on to learn about opera seria and opera buffa, the two popular styles of Classical era opera.

Classical Era Composers: Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

6. Classical Era Composers: Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven are the three composers who epitomize music's Classical period. In this lesson, we'll explore their life stories and learn about the kinds of music they wrote.

Mozart: Operas, Symphonies & Piano Concerti

7. Mozart: Operas, Symphonies & Piano Concerti

Mozart was one of the top composers of music's Classical period. In this lesson, we'll look at three categories of his greatest works: the genres of opera, symphony, and piano concerto.

Haydn: Symphonies and Compositions for String Quartet

8. Haydn: Symphonies and Compositions for String Quartet

Franz Joseph Haydn was one of the preeminent composers of music's Classical period and also one of the best jokesters in the history of music. In this lesson, we'll focus on two music genres in which Haydn stood out: symphony and string quartet.

Beethoven: Symphonies & Shift from Classical to Romantic

9. Beethoven: Symphonies & Shift from Classical to Romantic

It's not every day that a musician comes along and changes the world's perception of music, but that's just what Ludwig van Beethoven did. In this lesson, we'll explore how his nine symphonies helped inspire the intense 19th-century musical style called Romanticism.

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