Welcome to General Music!
 
April Updates, 2017:
 
2000's Music - Musician Biography Project
 
Students are to research a current musician and design a poster-board or PowerPoint presentation.  Students will have 2 in-class days to work on the assignment:  April 12 & April 18.  Project will be presented on Mon, April 24.
 
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Musical Theatre Wrap-Up:
April 4: Musical Theatre, Notes.  Annie 
April 6: MavMark - crossword review. "Around the World (review for Quiz next class on the jobs of each cast member). Finish Annie
April 12: Quiz - Musical Theatre & start 2000's Music projects.
 
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Music of the Decades: 90s Music
 
Assignments for Chapter
1. Day 1-3: Notes
2. MavMarks 1-5 (Quiz grade)
3. Grunge worksheet: 3 parts.  Assigned 3/23.  Due 3/27
4. Parody Project - Assigned 3/21. Worked in class for 2 days. Due Monday, 3/27.
5. Study Guide - will be given on 3/29. (Quiz grade)
6. 90s Music Test - Friday, March 31. 
 
 
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. 
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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)
-Keyboards  
 
You will have a performance-based assessment on these twice a month. 
 
Musical Topics include:
-Instruments of the Orchestra
-World Music
-Mississippi Musicians
-Jazz & Blues
-Music of the Decades (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s & today's)
-Musician Biography PowerPoint Project
-Music in Film
-Musical Theatre
-"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.
 
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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:
 
 
 Walmart JR Auxiliary BankPlus Target
 
Equipment:

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:
 
 
Yamaha
 
 
 
 
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