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Young scholars investigate the concept of timbre. In this music lesson, students listen to several recordings of musical pieces and identify the name of the instrument playing with its picture.
Young scholars explore the concept of timbre. In this timbre instructional activity, students experience timbres produced by saxophones in contemporary music. Young scholars explore the science behind the music.
Learners identify the concept of timbre in music. In this music activity, students listen to various musical pieces and recognize the timbre in the music.
Learners design an experiment to analyze the timbre of different instruments. For this physics lesson, students analyze the missing quality in sound. They discuss their results in class.
Students describe the music in terms related to basic elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, timbre, form, style, etc. They identify timbres heard in "Pavane" by movement and respond by movement to timbre.
In this timbre of instruments worksheet, students explore the concept of timbre meaning four different kinds of sounds: string, brass, choral and percussion. Students locate those concepts in a word search puzzle.
For this timbre worksheet, students define what the definition of timbre is, circle their favorite timbre group and practice writing the words timbre, sound and music.
In this music activity, students learn that timbre, or tone color, means different kinds of sounds. Students complete 10 questions about timbre and general music topics.
Students perform a familiar song using new rhythms, meters and timbres. In this music rhythms lesson, students change a familiar song by changing or adding a repeating rhythm, using different instruments to change the timbre of changing the meter. Students are evaluated on their original rhythms.
Students explore traditional Japanese fine arts. In this cross curriculum music, poetry, and performance instructional activity, students listen to and write haiku, describe common traits of traditional Japanese music, and practice playing the recorder. Students work in groups to create an original performance to the song "Silver Moon Boat."
Students explore role of music in storytelling by watching and discussing effect music has on perception of scene from movie, and using Sibelius program to compose single excerpt of music, considering dynamics, timbre, and articulation, that relates to their own poem, story, or picture.
In this classical music learning exercise, 9th graders examine a graphic organizer that explains 7 characteristics of the music. They examine characteristics such as melody, timbre, texture, dynamics, and melody. There are no questions associated with this learning exercise.
Students probe samples of European classical, American jazz, and rock and roll to analyze the similarities and differences. The styles and form of these three types of music are examined for tempo, timbre, and rhythm.
Students carefully listen to and analyze music based on instrumentation, rhythms, pitch, intensity, timbre and texture. After listening multiple times, students write down their impressions of the music based on questions imbedded in this plan.
Third graders explore concepts of sounds and timbres and recognize sounds made by different objects. In this reading comprehension lesson plan, 3rd graders listen to the story Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! Students discuss the different sounds made by various instruments.
Students listen to pieces of classical music by Handel and Palestrina. They explore the concepts of timbre and polyphony. In groups, they are to identify when different tones of music are being played.
Students analyze the differences in similar songs.  In this music appreciation lesson, students discover the meaning of timbre and how it can drastically change similar pieces of music.  Students sing two pieces of music with the rest of the class.
Second graders engage in a lesson that uses folk instruments in an accompaniment while listening to a song about a comet. They make a cross-curricular connection to Halley's Comet. Students discuss the qualities of a singer-songwriter.
Using graphics, and an easy-to-understand format, this resource outlines the different kinds of instruments and their characteristics. This presentation could be used as an introduction to instruments for students getting ready to practice in an orchestra, or as an in-class exploration. Great to use before a concert or musical field trip!  
Singing in a round can be a lot of fun and apparently conveys the concept of musical phrasing and melody. Budding musicians sing three South African songs as rounds. They discuss cultural diversity and musical concepts such as timbre, color, and rhythm.

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