The music department gives students various opportunities to develop skills. The general music classes cover the history of music in the United States, general musical notation theory, rhythm patterns, and music appreciation. Additionally, students can join the band and/or chorus.
7th Grade Music
The semester beginning in 2018 will be separated into three units. First up is Latin percussion! Students will experience the lively drums and music of Latin America. First they will learn about the culture, geography, and music of Latin American. Then we will focus on Samba, Salsa, and Merengue music. To top it off, we will be making homemade drums in class, where students will use recycled material to create their very own drum and write their own percussion composition.
Though students may have done composer projects in the past, we will learn composers more in depth within their time periods. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Impressionist periods will be listened to in class. These listening and learning parts of the unit will involve creating art to go with each period. Students will then choose their favorite composer, research him or her, create a poster, and present!
Last but not least! Ukulele has become very popular. Students will not only learn and review chords, they’ll be learning how to play the C scale; how to play arpeggios on C, A, F, G7; learn common chord progressions; and finally compose their very own ukulele piece combining all learned ukulele techniques. It is sure to be an extremely fun time in 7th grade music class!
8th Grade Music
For the month of September, students will be learning basic piano skills on the keyboards! Eighth graders will learn middle C and G in the treble clef, as well as read rhythmic lines involving quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, and their respective rests. They will then compose their own pieces and perform them as solos or duets in class.
Next up for our 8th grade students is Asian Percussion! We’ll talk about the many drums of India, Middle East, and Japan as well as the culture connected with them. Rhythmic compositions will be performed in class for peer-to-peer feedback.
Lastly, some contemporary musical culture will be learned through the unit of Musical Styles. Jazz, rock, and hip-hop will be learned through listening, analyzing, and describing. Improvisation during the jazz unit, rock/pop song building during the rock unit, and last but not least, beatboxing (vocal percussion) will be taught in class! Students will then choose their favorite genre, create a poster, and present.