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The Elements of Music: Category Overview

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. The elements of music are the building blocks that make up a musical composition. 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 these elements.

Music Lesson Plans 'Exploring Music Elements'


LP 'Exploring Musical Elements' (PYP) PDF
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LP 'Understanding Musical Elements' (MYP) PDF
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LP 'Exploring Musical Elements' (NCCAS) PDF
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The Elements of Music: OVERVIEW

You will find a detailed explanation of each element of music in this post. Follow the links below and explore more resources related to this topic!

Elements of Music Overview PDF
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