Melody & Texture

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This lesson is part of the Fundamentals of Sound & Music module.


  • Students will understand the fundamental concepts of texture, melody, countermelody and accompaniment.
  • Students will be able to identify different types of texture.
  • Students will learn the basic features of melodic writing: motive, phrase, contour, range
  • Students will explore how melody is portrayed in sign languages through signing space and gestural modification



Listening or Videos[edit]


Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion and definition of different types of texture
  • Identification of texture in musical examples from different genres and time periods
  • Identification of general contour for melodic segments


  • Identifying melodic shape and texture in recorded examples