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New for 2016-17 School Year, Grade 6 General Music!

Please click the links below to access the course documents, and any homework or classwork assignments that your child may have missed.

Year-long course of study: Musical Evolution


Unit 1- Personal & Cultural Expression


Introduction and Hook— evolution of Classical Music.

What is Busking? What is the difference between a Busker and a Concert Musician?

What is a cover? Music cover project will be a two semester project.

Introduction to functional music theory: intervals, triads, chords and lead sheet.

Music History Introduction: Identifying the Hits and who wrote them!


Week 1_8/8: Introduction and Explanation of Course/Introduction to Cover/Busking (A)

- From Medieval Music to Modern film music: The journey over 500+ years!

Week 2_8/15: Intervals and Covers (B)

- How to count the distance between two notes.

- Listening to and identifying intervals in major scale using ‘interval song’

- Listening to intervals melodically and harmonically

- Identifying intervals in music notation and aurally in melody.

Week 3_8/22: (A)

- Intervallic dictation: Listen to and identify melodic intervals.

- Medieval Music Identification

-The Instruments of Accompaniment Overview: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Keyboard.

-Creating our class “Yellowpages”

- intro to jazz standards as it relates to covers.

Week 4_8/29: (B)

- Harmonic dictation take 1: Do and So

-Renaissance Music Identification

- Music Cover Project Meeting #1: Form a group and/or collaboration(s)

- Interest in picking up new instrument: Ukulele Crash Course!

- Intro to writing C major triads and chords, inversions, and naming them.

Week 5_9/5: (A)

- Harmonic Dictation take 2: Do, Fa and So.

-Assessment on Listening: Medieval and Renaissance Music

-Music Cover Project Meeting #2: Selecting a song and determine arrangement

- Interest in picking up new instrument: Guitar Crash Course!

Week 6_9/12: (B)

- Harmonic Dictation take 3: Do, Fa, So and La.

- Baroque Music Identification: Bach

- Music Cover Project Meeting #3: Jamming on our Song and beginning Arrangement

- Interest in picking up new instrument: Keyboard Crash Course!

Week 7_9/19: (A)

- Baroque Music Identification: Bach part 2

- Music Cover Project Meeting #4: Rehearsing and Editing our song.


Week 8_9/26: (B)

- Assessment on Listening: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque.

- Music Cover Project Meeting #5: (potential performance) Dress Rehearsal of our songs.


[WEEK VACATION 10/3]


Week 9_10/10: (A)

- Music Cover project 1: Pick up rehearsal and Performance.

-Performance at Key assignments? As a key assignment or purely entertainment?


Essential Questions

What is a "Musical Community"?

How do musicians generate creative ideas?

How do individuals choose music to experience?


Enduring Understandings

The students will understand the basic differences between Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, in terms of style and instrumentation. They will be able to identify five different pieces of music, and list the appropriate time period and composer.

Students will listen to, identify, decode and write melodic and harmonic intervals that are part of a major, diatonic scale. Students will be able to name the quality of the interval as well as the distance. Students will listen to and dictate a melody and harmony simultaneously using a standard I-IV-V bass line.

Students will create, arrange, and perform a musical cover of one of their favorite songs either alone, or with a small group of other students. Using their knowledge of harmony and tempo, they will perform a song they enjoy, in their own style, for the rest of the class.


9-5-16 Homework: Dictation Practice.

Please download the .mp3 and .pdf files and complete this homework. Directions are given on the audio .mp3 file.