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Music Theory Posters

PDF | 7 pages|Grades: F - 2 - Upper

A set of 7 music posters providing information on musical activities, duration, dynamic, pitch, structure, texture and tone colour.

Use this set of educational posters to decorate your music classroom.

Posters cover the 6 concepts of music including:

Duration

Rhythm is the length of sounds and silences. Patterns of long and short sounds and silences. Beat the underlying regular pulse. Grouping of beats is called a time signature. Accent is a strong beat. Tempo is the speed of beat. Music can be fast or slow.

Dynamic

Music can be soft. Music can be loud. Music can get louder (crescendo). Music can get softer (diminuendo). Loud and soft sounds music create contrast.

Pitch

Sounds move up, down or stay the same.
Melody is a sequence of patterns. Harmony is two or more pitches of sound together. Definite pitch is heard in tuned instruments (xylophone, piano). Indefinite pitch is heard in untuned instruments (triangle, tambourine).

Structure

The form or plan of a piece of music.Structure involves: motifs, phrases, themes and sections. Organised by: repetition, contrast and development. Music may include: an introduction, interludes and a closing section.

Tone Colour

Sound can be made from wood, metal, skin, string or voices. Sounds can be made by blowing, hitting, strumming, plucking, scraping and bowing.

Texture

The amount of instruments playing at one time.Polyphonic texture is many instruments playing at once. Monophonic texture is a single melody with no accompaniment. Homophonic texture is melody and accompaniment working together.

  National Curriculum Curriculum alignment

  • Music

    Pupils should be taught to: use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes; play tuned and untuned instruments musically; listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and re...

  • Music

    Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memo...

  • Music

    Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memo...

  • Being imaginative

    Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

  • Exploring and using media and materials

    Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

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