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Music - 7th

Seventh Grade Music Lesson: Exploring the Elements of Music

Title: Exploring the Elements of Music

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for Music Education

Subject: Music

Summary: This lesson will introduce seventh grade students to the fundamental elements of music, including melody, rhythm, harmony, and dynamics, through engaging activities and interactive discussions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and describe the elements of music
  • Recognize and analyze different musical examples
  • Create and perform a short musical composition


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of teacher-led instruction, group discussions, and hands-on activities. Students will actively participate in listening to and analyzing various musical examples, as well as creating their own musical compositions.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Classroom computer or projector
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Whiteboard or chalkboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Blank sheet music
  • Various musical instruments (optional)


Introduction (10 minutes)

1. Begin the lesson by asking students what they already know about music. Write their responses on the board.

2. Explain that today's lesson will focus on the elements of music, which are the building blocks of any musical composition.

Body (40 minutes)

1. Introduce the four main elements of music: melody, rhythm, harmony, and dynamics. Define each element and provide examples.

2. Play different musical examples that highlight each element. Encourage students to actively listen and identify the elements they hear.

3. Engage students in a group discussion about the musical examples. Ask questions such as:

  • What elements did you hear in the music?
  • How did the elements contribute to the overall mood or feeling of the music?
  • Can you think of any other examples of music that showcase these elements?

Activity: Creating a Musical Composition (30 minutes)

1. Divide students into small groups.

2. Provide each group with blank sheet music and various musical instruments (if available).

3. Instruct students to work together to create a short musical composition that incorporates all four elements of music.

4. Allow students time to practice and refine their compositions.

Conclusion (10 minutes)

1. Have each group perform their musical composition for the class.

2. Lead a class discussion about the different compositions. Ask questions such as:

  • How did you incorporate the elements of music into your composition?
  • What did you enjoy most about this activity?
  • What challenges did you face while creating your composition?


To assess student understanding, use the following methods:

  • Observation during group discussions and activities
  • Review of completed sheet music compositions
  • Class participation and engagement

By the end of the lesson, students should:

  • Know: The elements of music (melody, rhythm, harmony, and dynamics)
  • Understand: How the elements of music contribute to the overall mood and feeling of a composition
  • Can do: Create and perform a short musical composition that incorporates all four elements of music

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