• Grade 2: Expressive Qualities

  • Listening for Styles and Genre

    Aim: How can we identify music of different styles?
    Summary: Students brainstorm strategies to guide their listening as they describe and label music of different genres.
    Standards: US 6, 7, 8, 9; NYC 2, 3, 4
    Modality: responding
    Materials: Student Worksheets and recordings from different musical styles and genres
    Time Required: 15 minutes
    This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

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  • MET K Instructions Expressive Qualities
    1. Making inferences. How could you make a good guess about a type of music if you’ve never heard it before? Could you know what style it might be or which part of the world it’s from? What clues can we pay attention to that would help us as we listen?
    2. Listening. Using the Student Worksheets, look at the images and listen to clearly distinctive examples of various musical styles (e.g., a symphony orchestra, marching band, South African ensemble, and Chinese folk song)
      MET G2 SW What Do I Hear
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      What Do I Hear?
      MET G2 SW Musical Styles
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      Musical Styles
      Suggested listening for orchestra

      Suggested listening for Chinese folk song

      Suggested listening for marching band

      Suggested listening for South African ensemble
  • MET K Video Expressive Qualities

  • Listening for Styles and Genre

    Summative Assessment Exemplar: Expressive Qualities