Responding To Music

In this WebQuest, you will have the opportunity to identify and learn about dynamic markings in music.

Learning about dynamic markings in music is important, especially if you want to be a music teacher in the future. For this activity, you will be given a classical piece with all of the markings on each page. Your assignment is to not sing the piece, but identify the markings and explain what they mean.

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These are the Indiana State Standards that are being used with this activity:


EL 3.5.7

Identify and explain the dynamic markings forte, mezzo forte, piano, mezzo piano, crescendo, and decrescendo (diminuendo).

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First, you will look at your music and circle any markings you find. The markings are identified as f, mf, p, mp, cres. <, and dim. >.

Second, after identifying the markings in your music, you will then take out a piece of paper and write down the markings (p, f, mf, etc.) and write down the term for each marking.

Third, after writing down the terms for each marking, on the same sheet of paper, you will then explain what each of them mean. Example: p is soft, is loud, etc.

*If you don't know all of the terms, you can either look them up on the computer in the classroom, or you can work with a partner to help each other out. 

First, I will hand you a hard copy of the music piece. After I hand you your music, you may either work by yourself or work with a partner, but you must do your work quietly. 

Next, you guys will have 25 minutes to complete the first part of the activity, which is finding the dynamic symbols. Be sure to look at your music closely and try not to miss any dynamic markings. Most of the markings are bold and on top of the measures. Some, however, may appear on the bottom. 

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After the 25 minutes are complete, you will then have 10 minutes to write down the meanings for each dynamic marking. If you're with a partner, you may work with them for this part as well.

Next, if you finished before everyone else, you and/or your partner may go over your answers together to see if you had the same responses or not. If you do not, don't worry. We will go over this in class.

Finally, after the 10 minutes are up, we will go over the answers, such as what the correct terms are for each symbol, and the correct meaning for each symbol. 

Example: If you didn't get a certain term correct, erase the incorrect one and write the correct one. If the meaning you wrote down either wasn't correct or wasn't as descriptive, you can just add that information instead of constantly erasing and writing.

During our discussion in class, after we have gone through the activity, this will happen:

You will be broken up into groups of three and on a separate piece of paper, you and your group will discuss these types of dynamic markings and how each of them can be used in music.

After your group has talked about the different types of dynamic markings, your group will be given 15 minutes to look over all of the material, which is the terms, meanings, and identifying symbols. Once your 15 minutes is up, you will then turn in your papers to me with your name on the first paper, and your name and your groups name on the second paper.

Here are your expectations for tomorrow:

  • Come into class with paper and a pencil.
  • Study your material one last time. (I will give your papers back the next day so you can look over them again).
  • Hand me back your papers so you will be ready for the quiz.

Tomorrow when you first come into class, look over your papers so that you're ready to take the quiz, and make sure you have paper and a pencil.

*Your papers will be graded before I hand them back to you to look over so that way you'll know whether the answer you got was right or not.

Teacher: Linda Dail