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Grade 6-8

Everyone's a Musician: Musical Expression

by Brooke T. | Music

5 Lessons 10:07
  1. 1. Dynamics 3:05
  2. 2. Tempo 2:16
  3. 3. Articulations 1:14
  4. 4. Timbre 2:36
  5. 5. Phrasing 0:56

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

About the course

Through attentive listening and hands-on application, dive into common techniques of musical expression including dynamics, tempo, articulations, timbre, and phrasing. Take musicianship to the next level by applying your new-found technique.

Can you count like a metronome? Or pitch a note like a bird? With this week's topic, you'll discover that Everyone's a Musician.


Music Expression

Course overview



Students will learn dynamics by listening to different volumes and applying it to the symbols.



Students will learn tempo by looking at tempo compared to walking pace.



Students will learn articulations by listening and seeing different articulations.



Students will learn timbre by listening to various instruments and vocal styles.



Students will learn phrasing by listening to different examples of music, and comparing it to speech.

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  • Accents
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Reading Music

Recommended Materials

  • 2 Pencils
  • A surface to play on
  • Paper


Brooke Trumm is a composer, percussionist, and teaching artist in New York, NY. She has her Bachelor’s in Music Composition from the University of Idaho, and her Master's in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. Recently, she wrote songs for Rattlestick Playwright Theatre's "Village Song," and Lincoln Center's "Broadway's Future Songbook" series. Brooke has been an active percussionist for 16 years, recently performing at Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Brooke has a fondness for teaching music theory, she has taught at The School for Strings in Manhattan for the last year and a half, and many years prior in Oregon and Idaho. She is excited to bring that passion for music theory and general music to learners through the Music Club.

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