Grade 5 Units of Study

Unit 1

Introduction to General Music Class (Active Listening, Imagination and Music Project)

Singing in Grade 5 (Behaviors for singing, vocal and choral literacy skills)

Unit 2

Music o Motown- Students will learn the history of Motown music and perform a show based on the history of music and Motown for the public

Unit 3

Intermediate Recorder/Percussion

Unit 4 

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

Song and musical listening selection themes: Multicultural

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

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

Grade 6 Units of Study

Unit 1

Introduction Active Listening (listening with a purpose in mind)

Unit 2

Beginning Guitar (student students learn basic guitar skills and perform) or singing in grade 6 (students advance singing skills to  ore difficult literature and two part singing)

Unit 3

Beginning percussion. Students will learn technique and performance theory on pitched and unpitched percussion instruments,. Students will then perform alone and with others

Unit 4

Intermediate keyboards, learning to compose (students review skills from previous study and advance to playing harmonized melodies and simple compositions.

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

Special Focus Areas: Rhythm: divisions of beat listening observations and written response using appropriate musical terminology and analysis.

Performance Focus: Beginning guitar instruction. Performing alone and with others in parts to create harmony and simple orchestrations. Ensemble singing in parts with Americana theme while developing improved intonation and tone quality. Students evaluate and assess singing 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 feature of styles and the impact of music fundamentals on style development.

Rhythm Skill Building: Students will build on previously learned rhythm skills including ear training and composition that will be assessed

Unit 2

Style Menu project Students will study a particular style of music , analyze the characteristics and create a restaurant themed menu that reflects on the characteristics of style. this will include an explanation and presentation and restaurant day.

Unit 3

Song composition emphasis on jingles. Students will research effective jingles, why they are effective and how they are composed. Students will compose within parameters of a jingle, rehearse, and present to class. Students will learn to play more than just single note melodies and harmonize their pieces with understanding of good harmony. Students will learn a variety of accompaniment patterns for melodies.

Unit 4

Musical Theatre and Opera: Students will study and perform songs and skits from opera and musical theatre repertoire. Students will prepare and perform a brief skit or scene from a selected show or opera.

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

Interdisciplinary Focus areas: Historical connections with opera, visual-arts, drama, and theatre

Special Focus areas: Written responses to critical questions formulated through understanding core music fundamentals. Songwriting (connecting melody to literary expression). Students will analyze and create to demonstrate understanding of genre and features of style

Performance focus: Students will compose and perform their own rhythmic composition. Students will compose songs with guidelines. Students will create, rehearse and perform class opera.

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 due to include research and final presentation to class. Presenter facilitates a discussion of points of interest after presenting their project song.

Unit 2

Percussion assemble unit: Advanced rhythmic study through percussion performance. Students will study a variety of repertoire for pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. Students will analyze, create, compose and perform in an ensemble setting.

Unit 3

Intermediate Guitar Unit: 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 two

Unit 4

Technology and Composition Unit: Students will use knowledge and understanding of musical devices and elements to compose using music technology a variety of repertoire.

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

Special Focus: Analytical writing through application of core music fundamentals. Performance skills on guitar with emphasis on the blues. Music and historical connections and its power to raise awareness, empathy for personal and social purposes.

Performance Focus: Learning to choose and prepare a small ensemble performance.

Grade 5, Beatles Medley

Carmen, 2014

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