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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.
|Day||Topics||Key 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
|Characteristics of the piano and its use in classical music;|
History and parts of the symphony and its function in the period's society
Mozart and other classical composers
Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven
|Thursday||Haydn||Symphonies and compositions for string quartet|
|Friday||Beethoven||Symphonies, the shift from the classical to the romantic period|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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