LP Expressions 2

Ritardando and accelerando

Expressions in the music 2

Duration: 1 lesson

The following games are used for this exercise: the Museum, the Clarinet Street Musician and the Quiz at the television studio.

The pupils will achieve the following skills:

"They will become acquainted with two of the expressions used in music, namely accelerando (increasing tempo) and ritardando (falling tempo)

"They will be able to distinguish between the two expressions

"They will be able to recognise the two expressions when listening to them

"They will be able to use the proper name of the expressions when discussing music

"They will be able to form an opinion as to how the expressions affect the music


The pupils will acquire knowledge of the two expressions in music on their own by reading about the expressions accelerando and ritardando and listening to the examples in book No. 5, text boxes 3 and 4 at the Museum.

The pupils will test their recently acquired knowledge and play the subgame with the clarinet street musician Preben C. Please note that the street musician will play other expressions as well.

In the Quiz, they must answer questions about accelerando and ritardando. All questions deal with accelerando and ritardando.

If the pupils have made too many mistakes in the subgames, they can always return to the museum and read about/listen to everything again.

Launch the activity by writing on the blackboard:

"Log on to www.themusicgame.net. Go to the museum and hear what the custodian has to say."


Always use the terms describing the different expressions when talking with the pupils: accelerando (increasing tempo) and ritardando (falling tempo).

Instructions for the pupils

The custodian's speech

"Hi!. I'm so terribly busy today. Are you familiar with the terms accelerando and ritardando? My uncle paid me a visit yesterday and he was convinced that he knew all there is to know about accelerando and ritardando. But my God, he was talking nonsense. I had a quick look in book No. 5 in the brown bookcase, paragraphs 3 and 4.  It's was quite interesting. I suggest you read these paragraphs too. And listen to the examples. Then you'll have no problem earning some money when visiting Preben C. and participating in the Quiz at the television studio. Actually, I'm considering going myself. But unfortunately, I'm too busy today. Well, I must get on with my work. Remember to read the note on the notice board. See you later!"

The custodian's note

Have a look in book No. 5 in the brown bookcase. Read the textboxes 3 and 4 describing accelerando and ritardando.

Then go to town and find Preben C. If you can answer his questions, you can earn some money.

Afterwards, you should visit the Quiz. They have some questions about accelerando and ritardando today. There will be plenty of opportunities to earn some money.


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