The Music Appreciation (MA) program serves all students
NOT in band, chorus or playing a string instrument. Students receive 50 minutes of class instruction every other day throughout the school year making a total of 90 classes.
Music Appreciation is likely different from when you attended school. Please read below for an overview of units that are taught by the music staff.
Grade 6 Curriculum: Elements of Music, Listening, and Performance
Creative listening; singing; basic ear-training; STOMP rhythm project;
Introduction to the staff; basic piano (right hand only); the instruments of
the symphony; parodies; history of patriotic songs; a song/rap writing
project, a short history of nursery rhymes, and Thomas Edison and the invention of recorded sound from the Phonograph in 1877 to how we listen to music and sound today.
Songs that are analized: Bohemian Rhapsody, The National Anthem, Hotel California, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Parodies of "Weird Al" Yankovic, as well as others.
Grade 7 Curriculum: A History of American Music
Sound Collage and music is all around you; Making a Thunderstorm; Program
music and John Williams; Music in the Media; Blues, Jazz, and Swing; An
introduction to playing drumset; Early rock, 1950's pop culture, One-Hit Wonders, Elvis, The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly and his effect on music, The Beach Boys, Motown, The Beatles, and the Record Release Party Project.
Grade 8 Curriculum: Pop Music of the 60’s-80’s, American Musical Theater, Social Issues and Themes in Music
The Doors, Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Birth of Rap, When MTV played music, How to Buy a Stereo, Radio Station Broadcast project, Beginning Theater Improvisation, Stage blocking, and an overview of theater including Les Mis, Sweeney Todd, and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as The Phantom of the Opera. Social issues such as profanity and violence in today’s music and its effect on teen culture. Students also create their own rap videos using iPad/iPhone apps and current technology.