G8 U3 Task – Baroque Project


Musicians and composers from the Baroque Era experimented with many different composition techniques (ground bass, basso continuo, figured bass) which led to the introduction of several composition styles (Opera, Sonata, Cantata, Oratorio, Concerto) which used music to help tell a story which was acted out on stage with props and special costumes and lighting. It started the long road to musicals and movie soundtracks.




*You may work individually or with a partner (no more than two people please)


Your goal:

is to familiarize yourself with the development of music during this time period (1600-1750) by creating an informative media presentation that introduces some of the Baroque composers, their compositions, the instruments were popular, and one of the composition techniques used during this time period. You are also asked to describe how the music sounds to you in a listening reflection.

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Criteria A – “Knowing and Understanding”, Criteria C – “Thinking Creatively”, Criteria D – “Responding’ and ATL Organizational and Communication Skills



The project :

1. Create an informative MEDIA PRESENTATION (not an essay) that clearly demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the topic and vocabulary, as well as giving your personal views (if working with a partner it is OK to both hand in your own personal views of the music) on how the music of the Baroque sounds to you (you might discuss: instruments, style, composition technique, or anything else you hear while listening).  




1. INCLUDE SOME BASIC BAROQUE ERA BACKGROUND INFO:  When was the Baroque music era?  Where did it occur? What does ‘Baroque’ mean?

2. INTRODUCE ONE OF THE POPULAR STYLES OF BAROQUE MUSIC: Identify and introduce one style or composition technique from the following list: basso continuo, ground bass, monody, concerto, opera, oratorio, sonata, cantata, suite, use of contrast, dynamics during the Baroque Era. Give an in depth explaination of the technique, thus demonstrating your understanding of it and how it works

3. INTRODUCE COMMON INSTRUMENTS FROM THE ERA: Name and describe at least five instruments that were used during this time period.

INCLUDE YOUR PERSPECTIVE: Be sure to include what you think was the most important instrument to the era.

There are some really unusual instruments from this time period that were predecessors to modern day instruments, so have fun exploring!

4. INTRODUCE ONE OF THE COMPOSERS: Create a list of 5 Famous composers from the Baroque.

Then introduce one of the famous major composers from this list  (include in depth background info on him or her) and how they contributed to the development of music by listing 5  of their major works,

then choose ONE OF THOSE FIVE major works and identify the style of the composition (examples: concerto, oratorio, cantata, sonata, ground bass, basso continuo, etc)

and then clearly explain that style of composition to the listener.   


5. LISTENING REFLECTION: INCLUDE YOUR PERSPECTIVE OF HOW THE MUSIC SOUNDS TO YOU? Give your perspective of Baroque Music as a whole. To achieve high marks you will need to listen to a variety of Baroque music music and give your overview of what you like and dislike about the music itself.  Be sure to mention several key points and focus your analysis on some of the specific characteristics of the music (tempo, rhythms, melodies, instruments, dynamics, etc)

6. BE CREATIVE: High marks will be awarded if you are creative with the media format in order to make your project interesting for your audience.

7. INCLUDE A BIBLIOGRAPHY: You need to include a Bibliography with links to all resources used in a bibliography


9. GIVE A FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEW – SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Mr. Johnston will do a follow-up interview where you will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of terms and the content included in your presentation.

10. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE! Your presentation should CLEARLY Demonstrate your own knowledge and understanding of how music developed during the Baroque Era. You must put all content in your own words  and make reference to the original source by using “quotation marks” around borrowed content/information you are making reference to in your analysis.

ALL music terminology should be clearly defined in your presentation. Do not use terms without clearly explaining what they mean.

YOU WILL HAND IN YOUR BAROQUE PROJECT VIA EMAIL to Mr. Johnston at johnstonb@yis.ac.jp except for posters which will need to be physically handed in.



  • Powerpoint: should include presentation notes as there isn’t enough room usually on the slides.  Slides should only have visual information as would be the case in a live presentation.
  • Poster
  • Magazine Article
  • Instructional Book
  • Movie
  • Webcast/Podcast
  • Blog
  • Website
  • Radio Show
  • sorry but there is no time for LIVE presentations.  





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