About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Music Theory Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about visual score analysis. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to analyze musical scores. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about musical dynamics, texture and voice.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a music curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Visual Score Analysis unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Visual Score Analysis Unit Objectives:
- Define what the words 'thin' and 'thick' mean in music.
- Discuss why background instruments are important to musical texture.
- Understand how harmony and melody differ.
- Identify the different kinds of harmonies found in classical and popular music.
- Explore the different types of orchestral instruments.
- Discuss the differences and similarities found among orchestral instruments.
1. Texture and Voices in Music: Definition & Overview
Why are background instruments important? What do 'thin' and 'thick' mean in a musical sense? Let's find out more about texture and how we use it to describe music.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion
There are so many instruments in the orchestra! What similarities and differences can one find between them? How do the instruments work? Find out about the string, woodwind, brass and percussion families in this lesson!
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