Subject: History of Music
1. Topic-
The Classical Period
-Characteristics of the Classical Style
2. Content-
Contrast of Mood
Dynamics and the Piano
The End of the Basso Continuo
The Classical Orchestra
Classical Form
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.To understand The difference between Baroque Period and Classical Period
2.To understand and remember the Classical Periods Characteristics
4. Objectives-
At the end of learning everything on the classical period- to be able to give characteristics of music as well as identify between Classical and Barque music and name classical period composers.
5. Materials and Aids-
Music an Appreciation by Roger Kamien
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

The Classical period began roughly around the 1750 to the 1820.

Composers in the middle of the 18th century began to concentrate on simplicity and clarity of music.

Instead of a polyphonic melody, composers chose to concentrate on a tuneful melody and wrote music that offered a contrast of mood and theme.

B. Development-

Characteristics of the Classical Style

Contrast of Mood
-Fluctuation of mood and movement e.g. turbulent and dramatic into carefree dance
- Change gradually or suddenly


-Flexibility of rhythm adds variety
-Wealth of rhythmic patterns
-Includes unexpected pauses, syncopations and frequent changes from long notes to short notes


-Pieces shift from one texture to another like changing from a simple homophonic melody into a polyphonic melody


-Tuneful and easy to remember
-Have a folk popular flavor
-Wrote original themes with popular flavor
-Melodies balanced because made up of two phrases

Dynamics and Piano

-Due to expression of of shade and emotion lead to dynamic change- crescendo and decrescendo
-Lead to replacement of Harpsichord to piano

End of Basso Continuo

-Harpsichord did not need to improvise accompaniment
-More music was written for amateurs
-Classical composers wanted more control

C. Practice-

Using their books, students are required to write their own summaries of the characteristics of the Classical period.

Students are also Required to write their own notes/ Summaries on the Classical Orchestra and Form of music.

D. Independent Practice-

Students will be asked to give a 5 min class explanation on the classical orchestra and form in two groups.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-


F. Checking for understanding-

Questions will be asked in class to see if all the students are understanding.

G. Closure-

A short summary of the lesson given at the end of the lesson.

Ask students what was discussed in that lesson.
7. Evaluation-
Students will write a short class test on the characteristics of the classical period after all the work has been covered.

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