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Music Appreciation

During Music Appreciation we listen to a wide variety of music from multiple genres. By listening and then discussing this music we are learning a wide variety of musical vocabulary and are improving our ability to discuss and offer an opinion. At the end of each term we will take part in a vote to discover the most popular track of that term!

Vocabulary we have been learning:


acoustic (adjective): without inbuilt electrical equipment to amplify the sound

artist (noun): a professional singer, musician or songwriter

bass (guitar) (noun): an electric guitar with thick strings for playing low "bass" notes

beat (noun): the regular pulse in music that dancers move to and audiences clap to

(the) blues (noun): African American guitar-based folk music that led to R&B and rock

brass (noun): instruments made of brass, like the trumpet, trombone and tuba

catchy (adjective): enjoyable when first heard, and difficult to forget

chorus (noun): the part of a song with the same melody and words each time it's heard

classic (adjective): very good and highly-regarded for a long time

classical music (noun): European orchestral and keyboard music that's written by composers

collaborate (verb): to work together with someone to produce something

country music (noun): a genre of American music with origins in the rural folk music of Europe

disco music (also "disco") (noun): 70s dance music with a steady four-on-the-floor beat

duo (noun): two people who make music or perform together

folk music (noun): traditional music from a particular region or country

genre (noun): a kind or style of music, movie, TV show, painting, etc.

harmony (noun): the combining of musical notes that sound good when played or sung together

house (or "house music") (noun): 80s dance music similar to disco but with more electronic sounds

instrumental (adjective): played on instruments, without vocals

Latin music (noun): a genre of popular music in Latin America and Spain that has complex rhythms

live (adjective): played at a concert in front of an audience

lyrics (noun): the words of a song

melody (noun): a tune, or the notes of a song

reggae music (noun): a genre of music that developed in Jamaica in the 1960s

remix (verb): to change a track's sound-level mix and add effects

rhyme (noun): a word that ends with the same sound as another word

rhythm (noun): a pattern of beats and sounds that musicians play in time to and dancers move to

sample (verb): to copy a sound or section of music from a record or audio file

soul (or "soul music") (noun): a genre that combines elements of gospel music, R&B and pop

strings (noun): an orchestral string section with violins, violas, cellos and double bass

trance (noun): a subgenre of techno with electronic beats and dreamy textures

up-tempo (or "uptempo") (adjective): having a fast beat

verse (noun): the part of a song with the same melody but different words each time it's heard

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