Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Presto Largo Assessment

Subject Area

Arts Education




Students will listen to a variety of song clips with varying tempi. Using a worksheet, the students will circle the correct tempo. Students will identify contrasts in music.  

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): KG - Music


    Explore and achieve awareness of music contrasts in a variety of music selected for performance.

    Unpacked Content



    • Steady beat
    • Long/ Short
    • One and two sounds per beat
    • Silent beat
    • High and low
    • Pitch set: So, Mi
    • Musical alphabet
    • Accompaniment/ no accompaniment
    • Like and unlike phrases
    • Echo
    • Speak, sing, shout, whisper
    • Solo/ Group
    • Unpitched percussion
    • Flute, trumpet, violin, piano
    • Loud/ Soft
    • Fast/ Slow
    • Age-appropriate audience and performer etiquette

    Essential Questions

    EU: Analyzing creators' context and how they manipulate elements of music provides insight into their intent and informs performance.
    EQ: How does understanding the structure and context of musical works inform performance?

    Skills Examples

    • Demonstrate same and different (e.g., fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low and long/short).
    • Demonstrate a steady beat and maintain it while performing.
    • Sing using head voice and appropriate posture.
    • Play a variety of classroom instruments, alone and with others, and demonstrate proper technique.
    • Create a wide variety of vocal and instrumental sounds.
    Reading/ Writing
    • Explore connections between sound and its visual representation.
    Responding/ Evaluating
    • Move to music of various and contrasting styles, composers and cultures.
    • Demonstrate audience behavior appropriate for the context and style of music performed.

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Students will:

    • identify presto and largo while listening to a variety of music clips.

    Activity Details

    1.  Review definitions of presto and largo.

    2.  Explain directions to students:

    • Students will listen to 5 clips of music. 
    • They will circle the correct tempo of the music clip on the worksheet.

    3.  Distribute pencils and "Presto and Largo Assessment" worksheet.

    4.  Instruct students to write their name at the top of their paper.

    5.  Play Music Clips #1 - #5 (see notes for clip options) and allow time for students to mark their worksheet after each clip.

    6.  Collect worksheets.

    7.  Grade worksheets and determine if the students have mastered Presto and Largo or if re-teaching is necessary.



    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    1.  The teacher will use the "Presto and Largo Assessment" worksheet as a summative assessment after students circle the correct answer for the five music clips.

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    1.  Download and copy "Presto and Largo Assessment" worksheet.

    2.  Sharpen enough pencils for largest class plus extras.

    3.  Copy worksheets for the entire grade level.

    4.  Choose 5 music clips with fast and slow tempi, such as:

      • Moonlight Sonata (slow)
      • Flight of the Bumblebee (fast)
      • Dance of the Unhatched Chicks (fast)
      • Carnival of the Animals: Donkeys (fast)
      • Carnival of the Animals: Tortoises (slow)

    5.  Keep track of the order of clips so grading will be correct.

    Digital Tools / Resources