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Printable Music Flashcards: Tempo and Dynamics
by Elaine Ernst Schneider and Joanne Mikola
October 26, 2002

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NOTES
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Instructions:
1. Print page 2 - 6 inclusive. Using cardstock works well if your printer will draw that weight through.

2. Allow the music student to arrange either set of cards in the order deemed most accurate. Then work with the student, correcting any mistakes. (Answers are given at the end of these instructions.) Mix the cards up and ask the student to arrange them again, repeating the activity until the student is comfortable with the order of each set.

3. Student should close his or her eyes. Parent or teacher may turn one or two cards over face down. Then let the music student open his or her eyes and guess which tempo or dynamic card is missing.

4. Mix both sets of cards together. Ask the music student to group the terms for dynamics in one set and the terms for tempo in another pile. Once this has been completed accurately, allow the student to arrange them in order, soft to loud dynamics and slow to fast for tempo. Mix card again. Repeat the activity, asking the student to arrange the dynamics terms loud to soft this time, and the tempo cards fast to slow.

5. Match-Up Concentration. Using the terminology cards with either the matching sign OR definition cards only, arrange all face-down. The first player turns two cards over trying to match the two cards to each other. All players try to remember what card was in each position after they are turned back over face down. Then the next person does the same thing. When a player turns over a card that matches one that has previously been revealed, he or she tries to remember the placement of the card that matches and turn it over. If the player produces two matching cards, he or she may keep that set. At game's end, the player with the most pairs is the winner. 
 

Answers:
 
Tempo – slow to fast order
Grave (solemn/very, very slow)
Largo (broad/very slow)
Adagio (quite slow)
Andante (walking pace)
Moderato (moderate/not fast or slow)
Allegro (fast)
Vivace (lively)
Presto (very fast)
Tempo – fast to slow order
Presto (very fast)
Vivace (lively)
Allegro (fast)
Moderato (moderate/not fast or slow)
Andante (walking pace)
Adagio (quite slow)
Largo (broad/very slow)
Grave (solemn/very, very slow)
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Dynamics – soft to loud
Pianissimo (pp – very soft)
Piano (p – soft)
Mezzo piano (mp – moderately soft)
Mezzo forte (mf – moderately loud)
Forte (f – loud)
Fortissimo (ff – very loud)
Dynamics – loud to soft
Fortissimo (ff – very loud)
Forte (f – loud)
Mezzo forte (mf – moderately loud)
Mezzo piano (mp – moderately soft)
Piano (p – soft)
Pianissimo (pp – very soft)

Sample Flash Cards:

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Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider  is a freelance writer and a teacher. She has been writing since high school and has published articles, songs, and children's work. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for Group Publishing and also writes the City Songs column for www.newcolonist.com ezine. 
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