What to Listen for in Music Bulletin Board Set

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Cori Bloom
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This bulletin board set is a collection of vocabulary posters for your music room designed to guide students as they listen to and discuss music.

The set includes 15 musical term posters with additional vocabulary cards for each term and 2 different decorative ribbon titles, all printable in your choice of color or black & white. Each term poster gives a definition as well as questions to get your students thinking about the music and sample vocabulary cards to get the conversation started! I have also included JPEGs for all posters and cards for printing and resizing ease, along with a printing guide and an easy edit guide for adding your own terms.

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Included vocabulary words:

TIMBRE: shimmering, mellow, calm, dark, bright, rich, resonant, wavy, piercing, harsh, light, clear, whiny, breathy, buzzing, dull, muted, fragile, thin, heavy, warm, velvety, reedy, pure, vibrant, coarse, shrill, raspy, brassy, gravelly

INSTRUMENTATION: choir, band, orchestra, tenor, bass, soprano, alto, strings, brass, keyboards, woodwinds, percussion, solo, duet, trio, quartet, ensemble

BEAT: strong, weak, no beat, downbeat, upbeat, anacrusis, duple meter, triple meter, compound meter, simple meter, cut time, common time, time signature, on-beat, off-beat, meter, cross beat, backbeat

RHYTHM: quarter note, quarter rest, half note, half rest, whole note, whole rest, eighth note, eighth rest, note, rest, sixteenth note, sixteenth rest, pattern, syncopation

MELODY: ascending, descending, going up, going down, stay the same, phrase, do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, skip, step, leap, half step, whole step

TONALITY: major, minor, pentatonic, atonal, hexatonic, diatonic, chromatic, modal, ionian, dorian, phyrgian, lydian, mixolydian, aeolian, locrian, scale degree, tonic, supertonic, median, subdominant, dominant, submediant, leading tone, tonal center, key, key signature, diminished, augmented

HARMONY: interval, unison, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, octave, chord, consonance, dissonance

FORM: introduction, interlude, coda, AB, ABA, ABACA, AABA, AABB, sequence, theme & variations, rondo, canon, round, strophic, ternary, binary, verse & refrain, call & response, fugue, recapitulation, bridge, sonata

TEMPO: slow, medium, fast, getting faster, getting slower, accelerando, ritardando, rallentando, largo, adagio, andante, moderato, allegro, vivace, presto, a tempo

DYNAMICS: soft, medium, loud, quiet, getting louder, getting softer, crescendo, decrescendo, pianissimo, mezzo piano, piano, mezzo forte, forte, fortissimo, diminuendo, morendo

ARTICULATION: smoothly connected, separated, legato, staccato, slur, phrase mark, accent, tenuto, marcato, accent, sforzando, pizzicato, fermata

TEXT (LYRICS): English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, lyrics

STYLE: blues, bluegrasss, folk, pop, popular, classical, country, gospel, jazz, opera, rock, rap, world music, choral, orchestral

MOOD: joyful, sad, angry, lively, mysterious, sweet, animato, cantabile, dolce, espressivo, furioso, lacrimoso, marcato, vivace, calm, relaxed, animated, sentimental, aggressive, bleak, dreamy, eerie, gloomy, magical, spooky, urgent

TEXTURE: thick, thin, monophonic, homophonic, polyphonic, heterophonic


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