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Music Appreciation

Several times a week we listen to new and interesting songs or pieces of music. We are learning how to discuss our thoughts and opinions on each piece along with all kinds of musical vocabulary to describe how they are made.

At the end of Autumn term we did a whole class vote to decide on our most popular song of the term. We all voted individually then collated our votes into an overall score for each table group. You can see how we voted below... what was our most popular track of the 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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