Essential Questions: What effect does TEMPO have on the mood, emotion and imagery of music?
INTRODUCTION: Define the following words as a class.
TEMPO (Hint: Why is the word located near the clock)
WARM UP: Sing the song Rain, Rain, Go Away at a slow tempo and a fast tempo. Then share your opinion about which version of the song you prefer.
Practice stating your opinion by beginning with In my opinion... and including evidence by saying because...
EXPAND: Now listen to the following musical examples as a class. The first version of the song you will hear is the version of "California Dreamin" by the Mama's and the Papa's. It is a little over 50 years old. The second version is a cover of the song. Pay attention to the tempo of each version. After listening to both, share your opinion about which version of the song you prefer. Don't forget to begin with In my opinionand include thebecause...
PRACTICE: Now practice with another song, Everybody Wants to Rule the World. This time listen to the cover first by LORDE and then listen to the version by TEARS FOR FEARS. Think about the tempo, emotion and mood in each of the versions. Share your opinions just like you have done with the other examples. Have fun! Can you believe they are even the same song?