5th Grade Music
5th grade music class continues to learn about the elements of music, solfege, music notation, and music history and culture. Students will apply this knowledge with the use of guitar, piano keyboard, and drums. Students will compose percussion pieces based in the Stomp style. In the spring, students will learn about music during the American Revolution, including the importance of fife and drum music of the era.
6th Grade Music
6th grade music class continues the growth of the knowledge and skills of 5th grade, with a larger unit on the guitar. Students will learn the guitar in several different styles and will perform songs individually and with an ensemble. 6th grade music students will learn about the music of the world to support their study of geography in Social Studies. The drum, in it many shapes and playing techniques, is played throughout many cultures, and will be added to the voice to perform a myriad of music of many cultures.
7th Grade Music
7th grade class continues the growth of musical skills and knowledge, and applies them through a study of American Popular music, beginning with the Blues of the Mississippi Delta and through the development of that style and into other influenced styles, including Jazz, Rock, Soul and Country, and in a limited degree, Rap. Students will perform and compose in the styles, learning the intricacies between the styles.
8th Grade Music
8th grade music class continues the development of skills and knowledge and focuses on the application of music composition and recording. During the second trimester, students will analyze the form and function of songs, and compose original work. This work can be recorded in the classroom and mixed and edited using the school laptops.