MUV101E: ChorusA (2013-2014)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Music
COURSE TITLE: Chorus A
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8
COURSE LENGTH: 9 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The Chorus A course is a 9 week middle school course designed to involve students in three major overlapping kinds of musical involvement: singing, performing, and creating. The content 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 examinations, written and oral reports, participation in musical field trips and performances, and critical markings on a musical store.
Upon completion of the music 7-8 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.