Timbre Teacher Resources
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Students investigate the concept of timbre. In this music instructional activity, students listen to several recordings of musical pieces and identify the name of the instrument playing with its picture.
Timbre: Identifying the Tone Color of the Saxophone
Young scholars explore the concept of timbre. In this timbre lesson plan, students experience timbres produced by saxophones in contemporary music. Young scholars explore the science behind the music.
Students identify the concept of timbre in music. In this music lesson, students listen to various musical pieces and recognize the timbre in the music.
Investigation of Timbre
Learners design an experiment to analyze the timbre of different instruments. In this physics lesson plan, students analyze the missing quality in sound. They discuss their results in class.
Zin! Zin! Zin!
Third graders explore concepts of sounds and timbres and recognize sounds made by different objects. In this reading comprehension lesson, 3rd graders listen to the story Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! Students discuss the different sounds made by various instruments.
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.
What is Timbre?
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.
Classical Music Aprpreciation
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.
In 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.
Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
Learners 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.
Comet And Rain Timbres
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.
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 plan, 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.
Exploring Uncommon Verbs
Fifth graders act out verbs in order to build meaning. In this acting and grammar lesson, 5th graders listen to Leslie Helakoski's, Big Chickens. They act out the unfamiliar verbs from the story using both their bodies and their voices. They give meaning to the verbs using context from the story.
Clues to a Character through Text
Readers will read a text and fill out a character map based on the characters in that text. They will explore different qualities of each character for their map. this can be modified to support younger learners. They will learn about personality traits, physical choices, vocal choices, and the character's conversation.
Students test people's response to different kinds of music. In this music lesson plan, students associate different cords with different feelings or moods. They then observe a video that describes different feelings related to different music. Students are then led through an experiment in the classroom to different chords and the scientific method that goes along with this process. The then conduct their own experiments.
Symphony No. 6
Students describe music in terms related to basic elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, timbre, form and style. Then they identify who Tchaikovsky was as well as his famous works. Students also identify the main theme on one piece in particular, Symphony No. 6, Movement III and discuss how parts of the music are similar to others.
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."
Music and Animation: 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
Music has been used to convey thoughts, feelings, and the human condition for thousands of years. Your class will analyze several songs hear in the animated classic, "Charlie Brown." They will listen to several jazz pieces from the show, and then compare and contrast Wynton Marsalis' and Vince Guaraldi's arrangement of the song "Linus and Lucy." A comparative analysis chart is included as well as an example and audio resource links.
The Heart of Human Experience: Cultura Azteca
First graders explore Aztec culture to gain understanding of relationship between music, recreation, and culture. Seven lessons on one page.