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Ch 4: Visual Score Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Visual Score Analysis unit of this AP Music Theory Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn how to analyze musical scores. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

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.

4 Lessons in Chapter 4: Visual Score Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
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Texture and Voices in Music: Definition & Overview

1. Texture and Voices in Music: Definition & Overview

Texture and voices in music can be thick with many different parts or thin with a few different parts. Learn about the definition of texture and get an overview of the three specific types of texture: monophony, polyphony, and homophony.

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

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

There are two dynamics in music: piano and forte, which indicate the piece's volume. Learn more about the different sub-classifications of these dynamics and for what purposes they are used.

Melody vs. Harmony: Definitions and Examples

3. Melody vs. Harmony: Definitions and Examples

Melody and harmony are significant musical concepts related to the production of music. Melody is defined as a memorable set of pitches, whereas harmony is the accompaniment. Learn about the difference between melody and harmony (through definitions and examples), melodic function and contour, conjunct and disjunct movements, consonance and dissonance, chords, and countermelody.

Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

4. Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

An orchestra is comprised of four instrument families (string, woodwind, brass, and percussion) which are grouped based on the way each instrument produces vibration. Learn about the orchestra, the four families of the orchestra, the instruments that belong to each family, and how each instrument family produces vibration.

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