• Year At A Glance General Music 2015-16

    Units of Study, Themes and Special Focus Topics

    Grade 5 Units of Study

    Unit 1

    Singing in Grade 5 (behaviors for singing, vocal technique, beginning choral literacy skills)

    Unit 2

    Intermediate Recorder (performance based class to include basic solo and ensemble skills)

    Unit  3

    Basic Keyboard Skills:  Learning to use the keyboard to play familiar melodies using basic music notation.

    Unit 4

    Music in Action Around the World:  Students learn dances, songs, games and other musical practices from around the globe.

    Unit 5

    Class performance project:  culminating performance project chosen and organized by class and facilitated by teacher.

    Song and musical listening selection themes:  Multicultural

    Interdisciplinary Focus Areas:  Geographical connections to arts. Shared musical experiences throughout the world.

    Performance Focus:  Norms for ensemble performance (etiquette and practice.)  Unison singing, recorder and keyboard instruction.

    Grade 6 Units of Study

    Unit 1

    Introduction to Active Listening (listening with a purpose in mind).

    Students will learn to analyze music for the music fundamentals of beat, tempo, dynamics and instrumentation by applying knowledge of meaning and critical questions.

    Unit 2

    Beginning Guitar (students learn basic guitar skills and perform) with an emphasis on integration of singing skills.

    Unit 3

    Beginning percussion: rudiments of rhythm through practice and performance on tuned and untuned percussion instruments.

    Units 4

    Keyboard and Jazz:  students will learn to play simple jazz melodies and accompaniments with a partner as well as improvisation techniques.

    Interdisciplinary Focus Areas:  Americana (folk, spiritual, social action, historical, patriotic). Rhythms and mathematical connections, division, ratio, proportion and fractions. Writing:  brief constructed responses to musical selections.

    Special Focus Areas:  Music literacy skills, instrumental techniques and written response using appropriate musical terminology and analysis. 

    Performance Focus:  Beginning instrumental instruction.   Performing alone and with others and evaluation of their musical performances.

    Grade 7 Units of Study

    Unit 1

    Intermediate Active Listening and Analysis:  In addition to analysis for beat intensity, tempo, dynamics and instrumentation, students will understand the features of style and the impact of music fundamentals on style development.

    Unit 2

    Intermediate Keyboard:  students will review basic keyboard skills and progress in their ability to play extended melodies, different keys and accompaniments.

    Unit 3

    Song composition:  students will write a melody at the keyboard by writing or choosing a verse to use as a focal point with guidelines.

    Unit 4

    Musical Theatre and Opera

    Students will study and perform songs and skits from opera and musical theater repertoire.  Students will prepare and perform a brief skit or scene from a selected show or opera.

    Song and musical listening selection theme:  Musical theater and opera themes.

    Interdisciplinary Focus Areas:  Historical connections with Opera, visual-arts, drama, and literature.

    Special Focus Areas:  Written responses to critical questions formulated through understanding core music fundamentals.  Song writing (connecting melody to literary expression).   

    Performance Focus:  Students will present a class theatrical performance for an audience. 

    Grade 8 Units of Study

    Unit 1

    Advanced Active Listening:  Students will add analysis of melodic and harmonic features to previously learned fundamentals.  Music Analysis and Response Project: students write a detailed response to listening to a song of their choice.  The project is presented in report form to include research and final presentation to class. Presenter facilitates a discussion of points of interest after presenting their project song.

    Unit 2

    Percussion Ensemble

    Advanced rhythmic study through percussion performance.  Students will study a variety of repertoire for pitched and un-pitched percussion instruments.  Students will analyze, create, compose and perform in an ensemble setting.

    Unit 3

    Intermediate Guitar

    Students study Blues guitar styles (history, performance, characteristics).  Students will play simple blues melodies and chord progressions and write a blues composition within prescribed guidelines.  Students will perform their compositions in groups of twos.

    Unit 4

    Songs of Social Justice

    Students will research and discuss significance of songs written with themes that express values, beliefs and experiences on the topic of social justice.  The students will create a biography and analyze samples, write their own lyrics and accompany them in a musical mode of their choice.

    Special Focus:  Analytical writing through application of core music fundamentals. Performance skills integration into song writing. Music and historical connections and its’ power to raise awareness, empathy for personal and social purposes.

    Interdisciplinary Focus Areas:  Students will make historical, emotional, and social connections through musical analysis, composition, performance and discussion. Students will learn to write a musical response essay preparing them for proficiencies required of them for high school graduation.

    Performance Focus:  Learning to choose and prepare a small ensemble performance, musical creation through composition.