Middle School Music Classes
Sixth Grade Music has three areas of skill development: reading
music, listening to music, and performing on handbells. Texts include
Practical Theory by Sandy Feldstein and a notebook of listening
assignments coordinated with a CD that provides carefully selected
musical examples from the Western classical, jazz, and world music
traditions. Students perform on handbells at Middle School assemblies
and the winter and spring concerts.
Seventh Grade Music has a continuous focus on a listening.
Students are walked through structured listening exercises relating to
form, range, meter, patterns, harmony, color, social implications and
emotional effect. These exercises use American, Western Classical, and
music from around the world. By the end of the course, students are
also taught to read notes in three clefs and count out rhythms
containing sixteenth notes in 4/4 and 6/8 time signatures. If
there is time at the end of the quarter, the class may complete a basic
snare drumming unit.
In Eighth Grade Music the year is divided between a fully staged
production for the first trimester with every member of the class
singing, dancing and acting, and electives for the remainder of the
year. The electives are conducted in small groups and offer a wide
range of music activities. In the past these have included courses on
Songwriting, Handbells, Afro-Cuban hand drumming, Jazz Band, etc.