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Republic of the Philippines

Department of Education

Music 9

Quarter 1 – Module 4:
Improvising Accompaniment
for music of Medieval and
Renaissance Period

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Lesson 1: Improvising Accompaniment for
music of Medieval and Renaissance Period

I. Objective/s:
 improvises appropriate accompaniment to selected music from Medieval,
Renaissance and Baroque Period
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II. Guide Question:

1. What is an accompaniment?
2. What are the musical instruments that can be used as an accompaniment?
3. What are the music of medieval and renaissance period that can be
accompanied by an accompaniment?

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According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Accompaniment is an instrumental or
vocal part designed to support or complement a melody. This means that it would
make the melody better or completes the whole music.

Musical Instruments for Accompaniment

There are lots of musical instrument that can be used to accompany a music.
These musical instruments classified according to their uses an how they made.
For this lesson, we will focus only on the instruments that are present and easy
to play.

• Guitar
A musical instrument that is held against the front of your body and that
has usually six strings which are played with your fingers or with a pick.
There are two types of guitar: Acoustic and electronic. Picture below is an
example of acoustic guitar.

 Keyboard
A musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard like that of
piano and that produces sounds electronically.

 Ukulele
A musical instrument that is like a small guitar with four strings

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 Drums
A percussion instrument consisting of hollow shell or cylinder with a
drumhead stretched over one or both ends that is beaten with the hands
or stick

Improvise accompaniment for music of Medieval and

Renaissance Period
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A. Medieval Music
During the first weeks of our lesson, we have discussed the different
samples of music from medieval period. One of them is the Gregorian
chant, which is the most popular at that time. Also, during the first
lessons, you have already heard an example of Gregorian chant. Now,
we will listen again to an example of Gregorian chant. Listen the
sample here

Aside from the Gregorian chant, there is also the secular music or non-
religious music. We have identified the composer Adam de la halle as
one of the famous composers that time. We will listen to one of his
works and then we will improvise accompaniment.

B. Renaissance Music
The music of Renaissance period was classified into two vocal types:
mass and madrigal. Mass music is the religious form while madrigal is
the secular type. During this period, there were two famous
composers: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Thomas Morley.
The famous composition of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was the
Pope Marcellus Mass and for Thomas Morley was the Fire, Fire, My
Heart. Let’s listen to the composition of Thomas Morley here

Click, Watch, and Learn!

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At this point, we will watch an example of students making improvised
accompaniment for the music of Medieval and Renaissance period. You need to
watch and observe how these students created the accompaniment. Watch the
video here

Exercise #1
Name: __________________________ Section: _____________
Direction: Identify the instrument being described by selecting the letter of the
correct answer.
___1. Which of the following instruments create sound by striking the membrane
using sticks or bare hands?
A. Drum B. Guitar C. Keyboard D. Ukulele
___2. What do you call an instrument that comprises of four strings and looks like
a guitar?
A. Drum B. Guitar C. Keyboard D. Ukulele
___3. Which of the following instruments create sounds electronically?
A. Drum B. Guitar C. Keyboard D. Ukulele
___4. The music of Renaissance period was classified into two vocal types:
mass and madrigal. Which of the following music is an example of madrigal?
A. Pope Marcellus C. Fire, fire my heart
B. Gregorian Chant D. None of the choices
___5. What do you call an instrument that composed of six strings and can be
categorized as acoustic or electric?
A. Drum B. Guitar C. Keyboard D. Ukulele

Exercise #2
Now, for your performance task, you must create improvise accompaniment for
the composition of Thomas Morley, Fire, Fire, My Heart. You can use the

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identified musical instruments for accompaniment or other type of
instrument/object that can create sound/music like empty bottles. Record your
performance using your cellphone and submit it to this site/account
__________________________. Please be guided with the rubric below.

Criteria 5 4 3 2 1
Musicality Performs the music Most of the Some dynamics are No dynamics. No No
with appropriate dynamics are observed. Some use of presentation
dynamics and followed, and articulation is articulation. Most
phrasings most of the performed. Some phrases are
articulation signs phrases are performed
are observed. complete and incorrectly
Most phrases are musically accurate.
Accompaniment Correct use of Uses Tried to use an No No
accompaniment accompaniment accompaniment accompaniment presentation
Clarity The performance of Most of the piece Some parts of the The style and No
the piece is is performed using piece are performed interpretation of presentation
beautifully correct style and using both style and the piece is not
executed with both interpretation. interpretation. executed during
appropriate style performance.
and interpretation.
Rhythmic Confidently Most of the Some basic rhythms No
Accuracy performs all rhythms are are performed Most of the presentation
rhythms correctly. performed correctly; however, rhythms in
correctly, with few has challenges with musical score are
errors. some rhythms in performed
specific measures. incorrectly.

Answer Key
Exercise #1
1. A
2. D
3. C
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4. C
5. B

Exercise #2- Answer may vary.

Badiola, Mary Grace J., et. al. 2014, A Journey through Western Music and Arts
– Grade 9 Music and Arts Learners Material, Department of Education, Pasig
City, Philippines.

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