Aim: How can we identify the expressive qualities of music through movement?
Summary: Students demonstrate expressive qualities of music through movement.
Standards: US 2, 6; NYC 1, 2
Modality: performing, responding, creating
Materials: audio excerpts, student worksheet (What Do I Hear?)
Time Required: 10 minutes
This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

Instructions

  1. Discuss expressive qualities of music with students: dynamics (loud and soft), tempo (fast and slow), and articulation (connected and separated). Have students identify the expressive qualities of music as represented in pictures on the student worksheet.
    Download Student Worksheet: What Do I Hear?
  2. Have students create movements to demonstrate each quality. (Examples: stomp on the floor for loud; tip toe for soft)
  3. Have students add expressive vocalizations to correspond with each movement. (Examples: connected—vocal slide from do to sol; separated—staccato do-re-mi-fa-sol)

Going Deeper

Assessment


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Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart. Performed by the Musopen Symphony Orchestra. Available from Musopen. Sound files on the Musopen repository are licensed as Public Domain.

Radetzky March by Johann Strauss I. Performed by the United States Marine Band; John R. Bourgeois, conductor. Available from Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under an Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF: Open Audio License, Version 1.

Hungarian Dance No. 5, from 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1, by Johannes Brahms. Performed by the U.S. Army Band. Available from Musopen. Sound files on the Musopen repository are licensed as Public Domain.

“Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg. Performed by the Musopen Symphony Orchestra. Available from Musopen. Sound files on the Musopen repository are licensed as Public Domain.

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg. Performed by the Musopen Symphony Orchestra. Available from Musopen. Sound files on the Musopen repository are licensed as Public Domain.