Grade 6 Music Curriculum

Course Description:

Sixth Grade Music is an elective offered for a quarter. It brings students to another level in studying music as an art and a subject. The students will have Chorus, review basic elements of music, music theory and music appreciation.  This class will discuss music during the ancient civilizations and compare characteristics and instruments with modern day music styles. Students will discuss the element of rhythm by mastering note types and their note values. Learning strategies will be through games, puzzles, board games and projects. They will know how to incorporate their knowledge through a rhythm band, using available percussion instruments. Singing is an activity that students enjoy and the objective of chorus is to acquire accuracy of tones. Students will learn to observe proper singing techniques and interpretation. They will know how to enunciate, project their voice and improve their voice range. Students prepare their song choices and will do a short presentation of an artist’s music style, instrumentation, lyrics and identifying sections.  Students will acquire skills in singing in unison or 2 part harmonies. They will perform in a school show as a requirement for this elective.

Units:

  • Music in the Ancient World
  • Chorus and proper Techniques
  • Music Styles and Music Appreciation
  • Major Chords and Music Theory
  • Music Presentations through projects

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will understand the importance of music in the lives of people during ancient civilizations and discuss how it relates to the present generations.
  • Students will sing and play songs from a variety of historical periods and world cultures expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasings, tone, diction, and posture.
  • Students will compose and notate melodies, chords and patterns using traditional notations.
  • Students will perform in a school production and demonstrate proper performance skills.

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration through music-related art projects
  • Allowing student to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global and holistic learners
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness through involvement in school projects and community service
  • Empowering students with skills and understandings so they may be able to adjust to the constant changes in technology.

 

Grade 7 Music Curriculum

Course Description:

Seventh grade Music is an elective offered for a quarter. Students will learn about music history, lives of composers and their works, and learn how to identify music styles. Chorus is a regular activity in class, and so will be some music theory. The repertoire will depend on what school event is being organized. The students will gain mastery of musical terms and symbols. Activities will include creating musical projects and song analysis. Research and reports on musical styles will also be an important activity. Music projects will bring the student’s enthusiasm to a higher level as they sit and brainstorm and discuss their strategies intelligently. Music appreciation is also an activity in seventh grade. Students will be allowed to share their song favorites and collaborate with each other using technology. The class will engage in lively discussions to debate music styles and artist/performers or bands. At this grade level, some students come to Khartoum American School from other schools where they may not have had music classes or may have had them a long time ago. With this scenario, it is the responsibility of the teacher to help these students understand and enjoy music class by taking into consideration their music background or foundation, so they may find success in this area.

Units:

  • Beat and Rhythm
  • Definition and elements of Music
  • Periods in Music History
  • Techniques in Singing
  • Singing in Unison and 2 part Harmony
  • Jazz and Blues

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will recognize and interpret symbols and terms referring to the elements of music (pitch, rhythm, tempo, meter, dynamics, melody and harmony)
  • Students will sight read accurately at a developmentally appropriate level
  • Students will identify and apply stylistically appropriate criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of a variety of performances, using music vocabulary]
  • Students will improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Allowing students to develop into confident and independent individuals in the society that will lead them to make better judgments in the future.
  • Encouraging students to believe in themselves as they continue to explore their areas of strength through music as an art.
  • Providing students the opportunity to gain life-long skills and use them as great tools to help them the diverse roles they have to face in the world.

 

Grade 8 Music Curriculum

Course Description:

Eight grade Music is an elective offered for a quarter. Students will learn about music history, lives of composers and their works, and learn how to identify music styles. Chorus is a regular activity in class, and so will be some music theory. The repertoire will depend on what school event is being organized. The students will gain mastery of musical terms and symbols. Activities will include creating musical projects and song analysis. Research and reports on musical styles will also be an important activity. Music projects will bring the student’s enthusiasm to a higher level as they sit and brainstorm and discuss their strategies intelligently. Music appreciation is another activity in this class. Students will be allowed to share their song favorites. The class will engage in lively discussions to debate music styles and artist/performers or bands. At this grade level, some students come to Khartoum American School from other schools where they may not have had music classes or may have had them a long time ago. With this scenario, it is the responsibility of the teacher to help these students understand and enjoy music class by taking into consideration their music background or foundation, so they may find success in this area.

Units:

  • Review of the Elements of Music
  • Application of choral Techniques
  • The life of Bach and his Works
  • Revisiting Music in the Ancient Civilization
  • African Music
  • Creating a Mini Musical

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will acquire skills and understandings through performing a moderately difficult repertoire of music representing various genres, styles and culture.
  • Students will read music from traditional and non-traditional notations.
  • Students will understand the culture of the host country and compare the characteristics and instrumentation with other music styles.
  • Students will learn to appreciate the works of classical composers and identify titles by listening to excerpts.

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration through music-related art projects
  • Allowing student to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global and holistic learners
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness through involvement in school projects and community service
  • Empowering students with skills and understandings so they may be able to adjust to the constant changes in technology.

 

Instrumental Music Curriculum

Course Description:

The High School Instrumental Class is an elective that is offered for a semester or full year. It aims to develop student’s interest in learning to play a musical instrument of their choice. These choices vary from learning to play the guitar, keyboard, violin, flute, recorder and drums. The student will acquire skills like sight reading of notations, velocity and dexterity in playing with a particular instrument and gain mastery as a solo performer or accompanist. Student will learn basic applications, technical skills and a repertoire suitable for their level. Learning activities will include discussion and research on a short history of musical instruments and performing solo or in an ensemble. The level and music foundation/background of a student is carefully considered when choosing musical pieces for independent study. At this stage of the course, the student is given an opportunity to explore or discover his/her level of understanding and develop skills as he/she works on a chosen piece alone, but with supervision from the music teacher. The student is then required to perform for the teacher or the whole class to follow up progress and assessments. Another emphasis is to acquire self-confidence and expression of one’s musical talent and appreciation of music. All activities will integrate music elements and their application in a student’s daily work and performance in class. At the end of the course, the student is expected to demonstrate proficiency in technical skills and mastery of the repertoire through a class performance or recital.

Units:

  • Notations and sight reading
  • Music Theory and Basic Rudiments
  • Applying skills on the Keyboard
  • Applying skills on the Guitar
  • Basic Major and Minor Chords
  • Playing Ensemble

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will perform a repertoire of music representing various styles and cultures, including that of the host country, with expression and technical accuracy.
  • Students will read a musical score with enough fluency to lead a small ensemble.
  • Students will improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments.
  • Students will compose and arrange music using notation.

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration through music-related art projects.
  • Allowing student to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global and holistic learners.
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness through involvement in school projects and community service.
  • Empowering students with skills and understandings so they may be able to adjust to the constant changes in technology.
  • Providing students with enough training and foundation to prepare them for higher education.
  • Allowing students to express themselves to their fullest potential without fear of being subjected to criticism.
  • Providing students opportunities to exploit their talents and view themselves as responsible performers.

 

Music Technology Curriculum

Course Description:

Music Technology and Composition is a semester long elective for high school students. Activities include learning basic rudiments and Music theory with the emphasis on reading notes. Students will learn to create chords, scales and inversions. Transposition is also a unit that will show how much the students have learned from the beginning of the semester. Students will continue to work on playing musical pieces on the keyboard. However, if students join this elective with the interest to play the guitar, they will also refer their repertoire from the internet and be assisted by the teacher to reach their goals towards performance level. Everyone in this elective will create their own simple composition using the Garage Band or Logic Pro. At the end of the semester, students are required to perform in a recital or the end of the year production during the talent portion.

Units:

  • Basic Chords
  • Inversions and transposition
  • Repertoire and Basic Composition
  • Application of Technology in Composition

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will perform a repertoire of music representing various styles and cultures, including that of the host country, with expression and technical accuracy.
  • Students will read a musical score with enough fluency to lead a small ensemble.
  • Students will improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments.
  • Students will compose and arrange music using notation.

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration through music-related art projects.
  • Allowing student to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global and holistic learners.
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness through involvement in school projects and community service.
  • Empowering students with skills and understandings so they may be able to adjust to the constant changes in technology.
  • Providing students with enough training and foundation to prepare them for higher education.
  • Allowing students to express themselves to their fullest potential without fear of being subjected to criticism.
  • Providing students opportunities to exploit their talents and view themselves as responsible performers.