COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: General Music
GRADE LEVEL: 7th
LENGTH OF TIME: One Quarter (60/65 minutes every other day)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students in 7th grade music continue to have an experiential music class with a larger written work component. Students work on more advanced vocabulary, rhythm (which includes polyrhythm), vocal part-singing (including harmony), music theory, music history, music analysis, introduction to music technology, and improvisation/ composition. Students work on a large writing project (3-part) on their favorite song, incorporating all of the musical elements and listening skills learned. Students will work on composition and improvisation in 2-3 following forms: tone poems, school song, or technology based compositions. Students continue to work with guitars, percussion, and also keyboards to create their final project, which include a performance aspect. The emphasis is on world music and student choice.
REPORTING STANDARD: Listening and Movement
- Students will identify and demonstrate the following rhythms: quarter note, eighth note, quarter rest, half note, half rest, all combinations of sixteenth notes (dotted, etc), and syncopated eighth note and quarter note patterns. Students will be able to demonstrate basic conducting patterns and be able to speak rhythm over the conducting patterns (eurhythmics).
- Students will be able to recognize patterns /songs through solfege independently.
- Students will continue to actively listen and evaluate a variety of music using musical language, description, and eurhythmics. Students will also be able to assess themselves and others on the musical elements.
REPORTING STANDARD: Literacy
- Students will understand and demonstrate the solfege scale up and down with hand signs in both major and minor keys.
- Students will be able to analyze musical elements within the songs. This will include elements such as: tempo, dynamics, style, history, meter, tempo, form, and modality, instrumentation and mood.
REPORTING STANDARD: Creating and making music
- Students will be able to sing and play rhythm instruments on a varied repertoire of music in unison, rounds, partner songs, and ostinatos.
- Students will demonstrate understanding of music theory using I IV V in all diatonic keys. Students will be able to identify and read these chords then apply them to the guitar or piano while singing.
- Students will create a musical composition using a variety of instruments and/or technology. Students will perform their compositions in small groups. Each student will demonstrate understanding of song components through the written and performance assessment/evaluation rubric.
Rhythm dictation worksheets
Final project Rubric
TEXTS AND OTHER RESOURCES:
Making Music Silver Burdett series grade 6
Teacher generated listening maps
Teacher generated listening dictation charts
Teacher generated music theory worksheets and small projects