Mrs. Anna's General Music
Welcome to Middle School Music and Drama
Click on the Middle School Drama page to the left to find out about our 2016/2017 Middle School Musical.
Click on the General Music or Chorus page for information about those courses.
To see and hear samples of some of our General Music projects, click on 6th Grade Movies or 7th Grade General Music (click on a name).
ALL GRADES: Students will be able to: understand written music notation; sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music; evaluate music and music performances; understand the relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts; understand music in relation to history and culture; AND be able to think IN music.
Guitar – Focus on the BASICS, STRUMMING, CHORDS, PLAYING REPERTOIRE (alone and with others). * Final playing exam at end.
Keyboards – 6th Grade = BASICS. All levels = work at individual pace out of beginning level method books. Be able to play alone and with others. * Final playing exam at end.
Theory – Included into guitar and keyboard units. Terms. Signs/symbols. Form (6th grade – ABA; 7th gr. – Theme and Variation; Music Alive magazines (relating to all areas of theory, listening, evaluating, composing, pop art, etc.)
Composition – Each general music student will write his/her own piece of music and be able to play it (on their choice of instrument--guitar, piano, band/orchestra instrument). 6th grade – 4-8 mm. ABA./7th grade – 8-10 mm. Theme & Variation.
Styles –6th grade students receive lessons based on various styles of American music (jazz, ragtime, swing, etc.). These lessons will be included during our guitar and keyboard units.
Music History – Composers Resurrected. 6th graders will learn about a famous composer from a period in music history (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic). Each student will make their composer come alive by researching the composer as well as the time period and present the information in the form of a short movie. Click on the link on the left to see an example.
Singing – 6th grade students will receive ensemble singing instruction. They will learn to read 2 and 3-part music in various pop and rock-n-roll styles.
Musical Theatre – Each level will watch a video of a musical theatre production. Throughout the show, class will discuss all aspects of the performance (singing, acting, dancing, lighting design, set design, costume/makeup, etc.)
** for mini composition project:
(copy and paste this address)
6th Grade Chorus
Hold Fast to Your Dreams http://www.lorenz.com/med/sample/15_2576H.mp3
Here are some listening links for the songs on our upcoming concert -
7th Grade General Music
Welcome to 7th Grade General Music
Link for Composers/Listening Lesson
Use the following links for How Do We Paint Sound worksheets:
Biography portion -
Jazz Age worksheet -
8th Grade General Music
You finally made it to 8th grade....
You finally get to study nothing but Rock-n-Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
click below for an outline of the next 10 weeks.
Rock Hall of Fame classroom work:
For 12-bar blues Assignment:
http://www.pianolessons.com/piano-lessons/12-bar-blues.php - use this as you hand out sheet/staff paper and have already gone over the blues scale and the 3 chords!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoNL2aFEySs - BB King lesson – 8 bar blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtMdTaISq_w -n PBS – Eric Clapton – Nothin but the blues concert series!!!!
For Final Project (in a pinch worksheet...):
Helpful websites for 8th grade pop music montage project
POP MUSIC MONTAGE
(that we did not study)
Nat King Cole Johnny Cash Tony Bennett
Perry Cuomo Bill Haley & the Comets Pat Boone
Chubby Checker Bobby Darrin Dean Martin
Monkeys Smokey Robinson Janice Joplin
Everly Bros. The Byrds Jimi Hendrix
Marvin Gaye Yardbirds Stevie Wonder
Simon & Garfunkel Jackson 5 The Carpenters
Led Zeppelin Santana Dionne Warwick
Elton John John McClean Chicago
The - Steve Miller Band Jim Croce Lynyrd Skynyrd
America Jefferson Starship The Eagles
Blondie Billy Joel Captain & Tenille
Pat Benatar Air Supply Styx
ACDC J. Geils Band The Go-Go's
Foreigner Daryl Hall And John Oates Michael Jackson
Sting Cindy Lauper Duran Duran
Prince Bruce Springsteen Madonna
Phil Collins Huey Lewis & the News