What is Timbre?

What is Timbre?

Secondary School: Senior Cycle» Music

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Timbre refers to the tone colour of a sound. It allows the listener to distinguish between two sounds when pitch, loudness and duration are the same.

Curiculum Addressed

The three strands outlined in the Leaving Cert Music Syllabus - Listening, Composing and Performing - are built around the analysis of sound, the combining of sound and the production of sound. Having worked through this tutorial a Transition year Music


Sift through the material in advance and decide on the end product - a musical composition, a PowerPoint display or simply a set of filled-in worksheets. Keep the students on track! They might also need to work on the project outside of class time.

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