MUG204: Music 8 (2014-2015)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Music
COURSE TITLE: Music 8
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 8
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The music 8 course is designed to introduce students in three major overlapping kinds of musical involvement: listening, reading, performing, and creating. The content is based on the DoDEA Music Standards and includes, but is not limited to, the following concepts of folk music: American and international folk music; the fundamentals of music reading; the singing and playing of music; a survey of musical styles; composers and their times; the science of sound; acoustics and electronics; current musical events; the elements of music (rhythm, harmony, tone, color]; music of the theater opera, movies, and dance; and creative composition and performance.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided in the general classroom setting or in the band/chorus room, when available. Student activities and experiences in general music will include, but will not be limited to, scoping to active versus passive listening processes; using the library/media center; singing simple two-part descants with musical accompaniment; taking musical field trips; using computer graphics notation; presenting music ideas and interpretation through composition and performance; moving to music; and providing students insights into cultural heritages through listening and critical analysis of music.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be evaluated through written and oral assessments and reports aligned to the DoDEA music standards, participation in musical field trips and performances.
Upon completion of the music 8 course, students should be able to:
- Participate actively in vocal activities.
- Explore historical characteristics of music.
- Explore active listening skills.
- Listen attentively to concerts.
- Become aware of goals and careers in music.