Hurry Up – Slow Down

Is your music appreciation class feeling a bit adagio this afternoon? Pick up the pace and get them feeling andante with a straightforward music theory activity. After defining several terms for musical dynamics and musical tempos, pupils rank the speed of terms from largo to allegro and reflect on a selected piece of classical music using their new terminology.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Implement the activity as a class lesson, and play the musical selections from the front of the class
  • Have students walk around the room according to various presented tempos, either within the music, on a metronome, or a teacher's claps
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access and availability of audio equipment
  • Assumes learners have some prior knowledge of music theory
  • Website navigation gets a bit complicated; consider just providing the link to the desired page rather than a lengthy navigation guide
Pros

  • Ideal as a homework assignment or substitute teacher activity in music appreciation
  • Encourages learners to consider the tempos of different forms of music
Cons

  • Copying definitions from the publisher's website may feel a little rote and unengaging for learners
  • Does not include an answer key
Common Core