Suggested Learning Resources


2) Video Lesson: Phrases and Periods

3) Online Reading: Motive/Phrase/sub-phrase

4) Interactive Lesson: 

Music Theory QuickThink: 

-          A phrase, in the context of musical structure, is a complete musical idea that ends with a cadence.  It is comparable to a sentence.

-          A subphrase is shorter than a complete phrase, and does not need to include a cadence (often half the length of a full phrase).

-          A motive is smallest recognizable musical idea.  Motives can be as short as two or three notes. These would be comparable to individual words in a sentence. 

Objective 24.1: Examples in Music: YouTube

Objective 24.1: Define musical phrase, subphrase, and motive