Our general music program is the most modern program of its kind.
Students will learn how to play popular instruments, understand musics' place in our culture and how we have arrived with todays music through invention and improvisation, create music with technology, understand the careers and hobbies in music that will last a lifetime, and the ways studying music positively improves and supports all core subjects and improves their focus, fine motor skill, and practice strategies for success.
Our general music program is contemporary and is great for those that enjoy music but would prefer not to perform in front of large audiences. In fifth grade we start with the basics then learn how to play piano and how music and sound are used in media.
This year students will build on what they have learned on piano the year before and play more familiar music. We will also do a unit about world music where we visit other countries and study what life is like and how music plays a role in their lives. We will also use technology to record what they've learned, create presentations on composers and periods, and use software to improve their reading and composition skills.
This year students move from piano to guitar, bass, and drums. What they have learned and experience with fine motor skills prepares students well to succeed in playing these popular instruments. Students will learn how to read and play their instrument at the same time. This is done by learning how to read 3 chords A, D, and E and lead or cheat sheets. Student eventually read lyrics and play the chords along with the teacher in time together as a band unlike in 5th and 6th grade where the songs are done as a solo or duet with their partner. They will have a final project that involves the history of blues. The project involve creating their own 12 bar blues song and the class performing the song and recording it for the digital portfolio. We will use technology different ways to make music. These days there are more ways to create music as a professional or a beginner.
This year we will expand on their 7th grade experience and learn more chords and do more popular music. We will also get back to keyboard and learn to play it chordally like a guitar. This will result in a rock band experience where students can play drums, bass, guitar, and keyboard together while the teacher sings the lyrics. They will also learn music theory for their grade level.