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The Elements of Music: Melody

Updated: Mar 4, 2023

Do you think all songs sound the same? What differences or similarities do you hear? Do you have your favorite song? Of course, you do! Have you ever asked yourself why do I actually like this song and what makes this song beautiful to me? If you will look deeper into this question, you will realize that you like particular songs not just because they sound nice, BUT because you enjoy listening to a certain element (or a combination of these elements) of music in this song! There are many elements that make songs unique and enjoyable for our ears!

Music can be analyzed by considering a variety of its elements, or parts (aspects, characteristics, features), individually or together. A commonly used list of the main elements includes beat, dynamics, form, genre, harmony, lyrics, melody, rhythm, tempo, timbre, and texture. The elements of music may be compared to the elements of art or design. Let's take a closer look at the following element: melody.

Music Lesson Plans: Melody


LP 'The Element of Music-Melody' (NCCAS_PYP_MYP) PDF
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LP 'Treble Clef' (NCCAS_PYP_MYP) PDF
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Summative Assessment-Signs and Symbols in Music PDF
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LP 'Accidentals in Music' (NCCAS_PYP_MYP) PDF
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Tones and Steps:

LP 'Tones and Steps' (NCCAS_PYP_MYP) PDF
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