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This is a dynamics in music performance lesson




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Title – Dynamics
By – Deanna Putnam
Primary Subject – Music
Grade Level – 9-12

Concept / Topic to Teach:

    Dynamics in music performance

General Goal(s):

    Students will be able to recognize and perform varying dynamics.

Specific Objectives:

    Students will recognize pp, p, mf, f, ff in a musical setting. They will be able to perform individually, and as an ensemble, these varying dynamics. They will be able to recognize how dynamics affect the mood of the music.

Required Materials:

    CD player, recording device, recordings of performances that demonstrate the varying dynamics (you may even vary in venues of music), chairs, stands, instruments and music

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

    Explain the definition of dynamics and talk to students about how the degree of loudness or softness of music affects the mood of the music. Play examples for the students. These examples should “catch their attention,” so make sure to choose examples that they will enjoy.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

    After listening to the examples, lead discussion with students on how they think the dynamics affects the music. Tell them to get out their musical selections that they are working on and play the pieces, dividing them into sections of dynamic contrast. After playing each section, have the students discuss how these dynamics effect the mood of the music and why they think the composer used these dynamics in these sections. These types of questions will be thought provoking for all levels of students, including lower level and gifted. Go back to the music and have individuals play specific sections of the music to individually demonstrate the varying dynamic levels. With the upper level students, pick the more challenging sections; for the lower level students, pick a section that they are capable of performing effectively to demonstrate the dynamic contrast. You may even let the students pick which section they want to play and this will lead to “volunteers” playing individually. After allowing time for individuals to play, have the band play through the piece and record it. Have class listen to recording.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

    Assessment will be based on the teacher/student feedback on the individual performances and through listening to the full band recording. It will be assessed through listening. Individuals will be given feedback from the teacher on their performances both positive and on areas to improve.

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