Lesson

Dynamics- Chant It Out!

Lesson Overview

This lesson introduces the proper musical terms for loud (forte), soft (piano), gradually louder (crescendo), and gradually softer (decrescendo).  Students will learn that "dynamics" of sound make a song feel a certain way, either relaxing, exciting, scary , LOTS of different ways ! We will also learn that the complete name of the instrument we call "piano" is  PIANO- FORTE, from the Italian words SOFT-LOUD.  The piano was one of the first keyboard instruments that could do this, way back several hundred years ago when it was invented.  The HARPSCHORD was similar to the piano, and also the CLAVICHORD,  but couldn't achieve the same variety of volume as a piano. 

 

Duration
Less than 1 hour
Lesson Type
Traditional Lesson

Essential Question

How can dynamics change a song? Can you read the lyrics of a song, and get ideas about what role DYNAMICS could have in making it more meaningful?

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

2, 3, 4, 5

Visual & Performing Arts

1.-PREPARE MATERIALS 

*several sheets of large chart paper in front of room, with the words to simple songs already written ( to save time) 

*small pieces of colored sentence strips with dynamics WORDS written on one side/  & the abbreviation LETTERS written on the flip side of each                 ("P" flips over to read " PIANO",  "F" flips over to become "FORTE")  etc.  

 

 

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Lesson Created By: MaggieHaggerty

Lesson Partners: ABC (Arts in Basic Curriculum)