General Music

As each semester begins, fifth grade students can look forward to classes exploring the history of Rock n’ Roll, rhythm and pitch activities, a unit on instruments of the orchestra and the life and work of Ludwig van Beethoven, and an introduction to the classical guitar.

Sixth grade students will begin the course with a scientific examination of sound and its physical properties. This, in turn, leads to a study of the elements of music and how each is notated. Concepts are reinforced with many music activities and games utilizing rhythm instruments. Students will also explore the topics of form, improvisation, and performance as part of out conducting unit. This unit will provide each student the opportunity to participate in our class “orchestra” as an instrumentalist or the conductor. The remainder of the course is largely dedicated to a continuation of the guitar unit begun in the fifth grade culminating in an informal in-class “Concert Day.”

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