All About Tempo
From the Activity Guide: Tempo and Rhythm – Let’s Jam!
Tempo is the speed of music – how fast or slow the music is. Let’s learn about tempo.
Babies through Middle School
Listen as Conductor Dan talks about two common tempos in music – andante and allegro. Clap along with him!
Preschool and Elementary School
Conductor Dan taught us about andante and allegro, now let’s learn about two more: moderato and presto. Here is a helpful way to imagine four different tempos as animal speeds.
Step One: Try acting each animal moves while you listen to these four pieces in this playlist:
Feel how each animal has a different tempo. The music is in order of slow to fast:
- Andante: slow and steady like a turtle
- Moderato: prancing around like a cat
- Allegro: galloping like a horse
- Presto: all-out like a cheetah
Step Two: Once your child has a grasp of each tempo, write down each one on a slip of paper and put them in a pile. Create another pile of papers that have different movements on them. Take turns choosing a tempo card and a movement card and do that movement in the tempo you choose. Movements could include:
- Tapping your head
- Blinking your eyes
- Shaking your head
- Rubbing your belly
Find activities about rhythm in the full Activity Guide: Tempo and Rhythm – Let’s Jam!