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Tempo and Dynamics
by Elaine Ernst Schneider and Joanne Mikola
October 26, 2002
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.
Using the terminology cards with either the matching sign OR definition
cards only, arrange all face-down. The first player turns two cards
trying to match the two cards to each other. All players try to
what card was in each position after they are turned back over face
Then the next person does the same thing. When a player turns over a
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
player produces two matching cards, he or she may keep that set. At
end, the player with the most pairs is the winner.
Sample Flash Cards:
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