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Music Reflects Culture. Classical Symphony. Listen to the Music. Why do you think a song is from a certain time period?. Music. Songs = good way of indicating trends and ways of thinking of a time period. Can you give me examples?. Music & Culture.

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Music reflects culture

Music Reflects Culture

Classical Symphony

Listen to the music
Listen to the Music

  • Why do you think a song is from a certain time period?


  • Songs = good way of indicating trends and ways of thinking of a time period.

  • Can you give me examples?

Music culture
Music & Culture

  • We learn a lot about the culture of a period in history by listening to the music of the period.

  • Today we focus on the Classical Period.

  • Check out Mozart and Hadyn!

  • As you watch this segment, look for ways music composed during the periods reflects the culture shift after the Baroque Period. Remember to take notes!


  • Divide into groups of 4.

  • Using your notes, make 2 lists.

  • One list is for the characteristics of Baroque music.

  • Second list is for the characteristics of Classical music.

Classical music
Classical Music

  • Classical period took place during the Age of Enlightenment (Age of Reason).

  • Composers sought to write pieces that made sense and that the listener could follow & understand.

  • Main inspiration for art produced during this period was the architecture of ancient Greece.

  • The typical Classical symphony was a great example of these influences with 4 movements:

    1. the sonata allegro

    2. a slow lyrical movement

    3. a dance-like minuet

    4. a brilliant rondo


  • Brainstorm for 10 minutes

  • Create a list of current cultural trends and ways of thinking in the U.S. today

Activity discussion
Activity Discussion

  • Predict how these cultural trends will predict how music (in any style) will be created in the next 5 years.

  • Write song lyrics to demonstrate your understanding.

Exit slip
Exit Slip

  • How was the Age of Enlightenment reflected in the study of science?

  • How did American culture reflect the Age of Enlightenment during the Revolutionary War?