Students can elect to take this course for half of the school year (two marking periods). Our aim is to present students with some of the essential tools of music through learning music theory, music history and through learning percussion instruments and vocal techniques as well as expand on the musical elements learned in 7th grade. Students will continue to expand their musical skill and knowledge through studying music theory, music history, music appreciation and will have the opportunity to play boomwhackers, drums, and bells. We pride ourselves on being able to foster music appreciation in our students regardless of whether they choose to further their music education.
Eighth graders will begin the year reviewing the building blocks of music and understanding the relationship between printed musical symbols and their auditory representation. General Music class provides students with varied and engaging units of various styles of music and musical topics. Students will have the opportunity to sing and play instruments, learn about Asian Percussion instruments, study voice science, and develop their appreciation for music. Students will learn more about music history, instrument families, and music composition so that they can streamline the information into their own creation. Students will learn how to explore a music technology program called Quaver that will allow them to create their own musical ideas on several different platforms.
We use the Quaver music curriculum which is both educational and interactive, allowing students to have fun while learning. Please feel free to check our their awesome website!