Music Vocabulary

This Music Vocabulary lesson plan also includes:

Class members explore the concepts of texture in music and musical arrangements by examining Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" and "Harlem Airshaft."

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals create their own arrangement of a several phrases from "Mood Indigo" using three different instruments and then describe how the changes alter the texture of the phrases
Classroom Considerations

  • Most appropriate for instrumental music classes
  • Requires access to instruments
  • Class members should have experience analyzing arrangements

  • The eight-page packet includes step-by-step directions for the two activities, a defined list of music terms, activities, and an assessment

  • Neither detailed instructions nor a rubric for the assignment is included