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Music Curriculum Grade 6  -  General Music


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. 


Singing6th 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:


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Kenneth G. Slentz, Superintendent
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: 315-291-2221


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