Welcome to General Music!
February Updates, 2017:
1970s Music: Disco, Reggae, Funk, Early rap, Country, Pop, Hard Rock
1/30: Intro to the 70s & Disco Lesson. Learn "Smoke on the Water" on guitar
2/1: I had a sub. Students watched the musical The Wizard of Oz & answered questions based on the musical.
2/3: 70s Music, Day 2: Pop, Reggae, Funk. Learn "3 Little Birds" on guitar.
2/7: 70s Music, Day 3: Hard Rock- ACDC, Kiss; 70s Country: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton. Learn "Iron Man" riff on guitar. Review game- Sink or Swim
2/9: Mrs. Lewing out with Encore (Musical Theatre) field trip. Students will watch a famous musical & answer the questions.
2/13: 70s Music, Day 4: Elton John, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Start 70s Music Study Guide.
2/15: 70s Music Review Day: Review Jeopardy, Round 1. Complete Study Guide.
2/17: 70s Music TEST Day. Jeopardy, Round 2. 70s Music Test. If time, watch short documentary of the "Jackson 5"
I missed a day. When can I come to Zero block?
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays mornings from 7:45-8:15am.
Also, Mondays & Wednesdays I'll be in the library. You can find me there if you have a question.
Great job at "Day of the Arts"!
Chapter 1 (Instruments of the Orchestra) Supplemental Material:
HOMEWORK: (Assigned Aug 30. Due 9/6. -10 points for each day late) Turn in your "My 'Instrument Families" Pamphlet" - quiz grade. -10 points each day late.
Fun website to check your instrument knowledge: http://www.musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/music_quizzes.htm
-Instrument Family Quiz
-Instrument Families Football
-Instrument Soccer Challenge
-Mighty Music Man 3- Instruments
-Music Family Invaders
-Identify the Instrument
Chapter 1: Instruments
August 10: Today we're studying Woodwind instruments. There will be a 10-question clarinet worksheet to complete for classwork/homework. Also, Kroger forms are due by Friday, Aug 12.
August 12: Study Brass instruments & review Woodwinds. There will be a multiple-choice Quiz next class.
August 16: 25-question (multiple choice) Quiz on Woodwinds & Brass instruments. Classwork--worksheet "Odd One Out" & Classifying instruments of the Orchestra
August 18: Take notes on String Instruments.
August 22: Take notes on Percussion Instruments.
August 24: Quiz on String & Percussion instruments. Students will receive a study-guide to complete for a grade. Test next class.
August 26: 40-question TEST on Chapter 1, Instruments.
Last TEST, 9/12: Guitar (30 written questions). Study your Notes, Day 1 & Day 2.
Welcome back to School!
I'm looking forward to meeting each and every one of you. :-)
What do I need for this class?
3 dividers in your Music Binder: 1) MavMarks, 2) Notes, 3) Music
1 folder with 3-prongs for your Guitar Method Book
1 pair of ear buds
And a good attitude! :-)
No prior Music experience necessary!
What will we work on throughout the year?
Instrumental units include:
-African & Caribbean Drumming
-Guitar (chords, sheet music, & tabs)
You will have a performance-based assessment on these twice a month.
Musical Topics include:
-Instruments of the Orchestra
-Jazz & Blues
-Music of the Decades (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s & today's)
-Musician Biography PowerPoint Project
-Music in Film
-"Making the Band" Group Final Project
You will have a written test on these every 3-4 weeks.
EARN EXTRA CREDIT:
1) Bring in a bag of candy for +5 on your lowest daily grade. (i.e. Starbursts, Jolly Ranchers, etc.)
2) Bring in a set of guitar strings for +5 on your lowest Quiz grade.
3) Bring in a pair of drum sticks for +5 on your lowest Quiz grade.
4) After every Test, I will provide a written assignment that will add +5 points. Stay tuned for more details.
Be sure to practice or complete make-up work during Zero Block! (Thursdays & Fridays: 7:45-8:15am) I'll also be in the library on Mondays/Wednesdays if you have a question.
Do you like music? Have you ever wanted to play an instrument, one that is actually practical in the real world? Well, now's your chance! Join General Music! This isn't a typical book class. In General Music we'll explore all aspects of music as we "learn by doing." This class will be divided into 3 parts: 1. Theory (Reading Music & Playing Rhythms), 2. Music History (learning about the "Music of the decades," Jazz, Blues, etc.), and 3. Application (applying music to real instruments--such as keyboards and guitars!!! No experience necessary. Only good attitudes!
Sponsors of Germantown Middle School & General Music:
A special thanks to our dear friends and Partners in Education for providing the class set of guitars and keyboards:
The Rogue Starter Acoustic Guitar is an amazing deal for a small-bodied guitar. The smaller profile is very playable for young teens , and has a nice tone. It has a 7/8 scale body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. It even comes set up with quality Martin strings. Features 7/8 scale body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard.
Yamaha PRS233 Piano Keyboard: