Hello! Welcome to Music with Mrs. Henson!
Just about every student will have General Music at some time during the year.
During 6th Grade students will cover the following:
- Music vocabulary - students will work on their ability to accurately describe and respond to music using appropriate musical terms
- Rhythm Skills - students will learn how to follow and perform basic rhythms as well as more complex 16th note patterns
- Note Reading - students will practice identifying notes on the grand staff
- African Drum Circle - students will have the opportunity to perform in large and small group ensembles using the African Drums
- Keyboard Karate - students will strengthen their skills on the piano using this leveled curriculum that meets each student at their own individual level
7th Grade:During 7th Grade students will have EITHER Mr. Manser or Mrs. Henson. They will spend half of their time in the music room working with instruments, and half the time in a traditional classroom working on other skills. (This is done so that the students get the MOST out of their time in music and that all students have the same opportunities)While in the traditional classroom:
- Music Technology - students will spend most of their time in the traditional classroom working with DAWs (digital audio workstations). Students spend their time learning how to use loops and sound samples to create, mix, and master music similarly to professionals in the field.
- Form and Structure - In addition to learning how to create songs, students will learn about how music is structured. Students will apply this information to the songs that they create using the DAWs.
While in the music room:
- Piano - students will strengthen their piano skills using traditional and computer based lessons. Students will use the same DAWs used in the classroom to record themselves playing and track their own progress. During 7th Grade students focus mostly on note recognition, chords, and playing with two hands in various positions.
- Tone Chimes - students will be introduced to the technique and skill required to perform using tone chimes. Tone chimes are individual instruments that each have their own pitch. Students will need to work together to create songs.
8th GradeSimilarly to 7th grade, students will have either Mr. Manser or Mrs. Henson. They will spend half of their time in the music room and half of their time in a traditional classroom in order to make sure that each student gets the most out of their time in music class.While in the traditional classroom:
- Composition - using both tone chimes and the piano, students will work on their ability to write and perform their own music. They will work on this individually as well as in groups.
- Music Genre - Students will spend most of their time exploring five music genres; Pop, Rap, Country, Jazz, and Rock. We will look at when and why they started, as well as how the music of each genre evolved over time.
- Social Injustice - During 8th grade the students spend a lot of time in all of their classes discussing social injustice. In music class, they will learn how various artists throughout time have used their music to speak out about social injustices. Students will analyze if their attempts were successful or not.
While in the music room:
- Guitar - Students will spend most of their time learning how to play the guitar. They will focus on traditional notation as well as chord notation and tab notation. Our main goal is for them to be able to walk away from this class able to perform a song and have the tools necessary to keep learning if they so desire.
- Song writing - As a continuation of what was learned in the traditional classroom, students will work on writing their own song lyrics. This song will have to do with a social injustice that they are passionate about. They will use what they learned about music genres and other sucessful songs to craft their lyrics and create the music to be played along with their song. These songs will be the final project.
For questions or further information please email Mrs. Henson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Modified on January 15, 2019