Many of my students have trouble with the words we use to describe music. For instance, if I show a clip of an electric bass and ask if it’s a loud instrument or a high instrument, many students say “high”, confusing volume and pitch. This is more likely to happen with students who are English Language Leaners and/or kids with a limited vocabulary. For this reason, I have created this set of images that you can post in your classroom. They are suitable for printing onto either letter or ledger sized paper and you can hang them around your room or paste them onto one big poster. In case you have students who primarily speak Spanish at home, I have included descriptors in Spanish as well (note that in Spanish, the word for “quiet” is generally also “bajo”, which explains a lot of the confusion!). Finally, I included versions for both “soft” and “quiet”, in case you prefer to use one or the other in your classroom.
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