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Tenth graders identify and interpret how to recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. They experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions. By coupling chord identification and improvisation, 10th graders learn that a certain pitch has both melodic and harmonic attributes.
Seventh graders compose a series of melodic motifs that can be used as vocal warm-ups. Using proper melodic and rhythmic notation allows students to exercise their abilities to navigate a staff and meter. This demonstrates if they are able to modify according to changing musical challenges.
Sixth graders are introduced to the classical period in music history. After listening to examples, they identify and describe the characteristics of music during this time period and research the main composers. Using the internet, they discover how the harpsichord evolved into the piano.
Students develop melodies based on a simple chord progression. They develop the tools need to begin to compose their own music. Students explore the qualities of each NCT and identify them in a composition. They develop listening skills while listening and singing the music they compose.
Young scholars explore music theory by reading children's stories in class. In this Jazz history lesson, students read several books about Jazz and identify the famous saxophonist Charlie Parker. Young scholars collaborate in groups and participate in a music scavenger hunt.