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Dr. Stickney's Music Acknowledgement


Deering High School – Intro to Music  

Guitar Class (first quarter)  – “Acoustic Adventures”

Ensemble:  Acoustic Adventures

Preparation Time:  Semester 1

Materials:  Alfred’s Basic Guitar Book 1; other selections as instructor’s discretion.  

Pre-requisite Knowledge:

Students in this class have varied levels of musical skill and experience.  Those who have prior knowledge of note reading or experience playing the guitar are expected to be student leaders.

Course/Concert Objectives:

As a result of this unit students will know the following facts, vocabulary, musical terminology, and literacy skills:

  1. “Anatomy” of the guitar, string names, playing posture and hand position.
  2. How to tune the guitar using piano, electric tuner, and using “55545” method.
  3. Musical literacy:  Common meter, basic rhythms, chords, key signatures, accidentals.
  4. Ensemble skills:  Play and sing together, play melodic line and accompaniment, play part independently in 3-part texture.  
  5. Foster musicianship skills to encourage students to continue on in performing and learning after the course ends.  Some of these skills include:  Chord playing and strum technique, note playing technique, singing while playing the guitar.  

 

Standards Addressed:

NAfME National Standards for Music Education:

1.  Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

Students sing notes names and lyrics while playing guitar music.  They may do this while playing melodic lines or while strumming chords.  

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

Students must perform as a full group, in small groups, and alone on all of their repertoire.  Students perform arrangements of classical music, blues, rock, and folk songs.

  3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

Students will learn to improvise chord strum patterns to accompany melodies on guitar and sung.

5.  Reading and notating music.

Students learn how to read notation and perform guitar music from standard notion.  They play single notes as a melodic line and learn to read chords written in standard notation and lead sheet notation.  

6.  Listening to, analyzing, and describing  music.

Students are asked to find recordings of performances of the pieces they are performing.  They must analyze key signatures, time signatures, text meaning, etc.

7.  Evaluating music and musical performance

Students must analyze their own understanding and performance of the pieces they are working on in weekly preparation sheets.

9.  Understanding music in relation to history and culture.  

Students will learn about the cultural relationships of the guitar to American folk/rock/blues and the influence of music on American culture.

District/Maine VPA Standards

Music Creative, Performance, Expression (CPE) VOICE, Scope Level: 02 (MU.02.MCPE.01.01)

Students will sing basic songs and melodies alone, in groups, unaccompanied, and with guitar accompaniment.

Music CPE INSTRUMENTAL, Scope Level 05/06 (MU.05/6.MPI.01.01)

Students will perform a wide variety of songs using standard notation on the guitar and will gain ensemble skills as the course progresses. 

Music Disciplinary Literacy (DL):  Dynamic Symbols and Terms, Scope Level: 04 (MU.04.MDLD.01.01)

Students must follow all dynamics and expressive marks in their score to create an artistic and beautiful performance.

Music DL:  Melody, Scope Level: 06 (MU.06.MDLM.01.01)

Students sing pieces with varied melodic contour and can identify by sight in the music and by ear

Music DL:  Rhythm, Scope Level: 05 (MU.05.MDLR.01.01)

Students perform rhythm combinations with notes/rests including eighth, quarter, half, whole, and dotted rhythm. 

Music DL:  Tempo Symbols and Terms, Scope Level:  03 (MU.03.MDLT.01.01)

Students, by watching the conductor, listening to one another, and studying their scores, are responsible for performing contrasting tempi both in all pieces and within pieces.  

Music DL:  Tone Color/Timbre, Scope Level: 03 (MU.MCLT.01.01)

Tone color of various types of guitars, styles of guitar playing, and how to play with proper tone (close to fret, curved fingers, etc.)

Deering High School  Intro to Music Part 2

Keyboard Class (second quarter)

Ensemble:  “Piano Prodigies” of intro to music class 

Materials:  The Older Beginner Piano Course by James Bastien; other selections at instructor’s discretion.  

Pre-requisite Knowledge:

Students in this class have varied levels of musical skill and experience.  Those who have prior knowledge of note reading or experience playing the keyboard or other instruments are expected to be student leaders.

Course/Concert Objectives:

As a result of this unit students will know the following facts, vocabulary, musical terminology, and literacy skills:

  1. “Anatomy” of the piano, note names correlating to keys, C position, G position, playing posture and hand position.
  2. Musical literacy:  Common meter, basic rhythms, chords, key signatures, accidentals, chords and chord progressions in various keys, playing melodic line with chordal accompaniment.
  3. Ensemble skills:  Play and sing together, play melodic line and accompaniment.
  4. Foster musicianship skills to encourage students to continue on in performing and learning after the course ends.  Some of these skills include:  Chord playing, notational literacy, playing technique, singing while playing the piano.
  5. *At the end of the trimester, the Piano Prodigies will perform in the Spring Concert to demonstrate their understanding.

 

Standards Addressed:

NAfME National Standards for Music Education:

1.  Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

Students sing notes names and lyrics while playing keyboard.  They may do this while playing melodic lines or while playing chords.  

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

Students must perform as a full group, in small groups, and alone on all of their repertoire.  Students mainly perform arrangements of classical music, popular, and folk songs.

5.  Reading and notating music.

Students learn how to read notation and perform piano by reading from traditional notation forms.  They also learn to play chord progressions in a given key based on roman numerals.  

6.  Listening to, analyzing, and describing  music.

Students are asked to find recordings of performances of the pieces they are performing.  They must analyze key signatures, time signatures, text meaning, etc.

7.  Evaluating music and musical performance

Students must analyze their own understanding and performance of the pieces they are working on in weekly preparation sheets.

9.  Understanding music in relation to history and culture.  

Students will learn about the cultural relationships of folk songs they are playing to American culture.

District/Maine VPA Standards

Music Creative, Performance, Expression (CPE) VOICE, Scope Level: 02 (MU.02.MCPE.01.01)

Students will sing basic songs and melodies alone, in groups, unaccompanied, and with keyboard accompaniment.

Music CPE INSTRUMENTAL, Scope Level 05/06 (MU.05/6.MPI.01.01)

Students will perform a wide variety of songs using standard notation on the keyboard and will gain ensemble skills as the course progresses. 

Music Disciplinary Literacy (DL):  Dynamic Symbols and Terms, Scope Level: 04 (MU.04.MDLD.01.01)

Students must follow all dynamics and expressive marks in their score to create an artistic and beautiful performance.

Music DL:  Melody, Scope Level: 06 (MU.06.MDLM.01.01)

Students sing pieces with varied melodic contour and can identify by sight in the music and by ear

Music DL:  Rhythm, Scope Level: 05 (MU.05.MDLR.01.01)

Students perform rhythm combinations with notes/rests including eighth, quarter, half, whole, and dotted rhythm. 

Music DL:  Tempo Symbols and Terms, Scope Level:  03 (MU.03.MDLT.01.01)

Students, by watching the conductor, listening to one another, and studying their scores, are responsible for performing contrasting tempi both in all pieces and within pieces.  

Music DL:  Tone Color/Timbre, Scope Level: 03 (MU.MCLT.01.01)

Tone color and timbre of various registers of the piano, how pianists change the tone color using pedals.  

Deering High School  Intro to Music Part 2

Keyboard Class (second quarter)

Ensemble:  “Piano Prodigies” of intro to music class 

 

Materials:  The Older Beginner Piano Course by James Bastien; other selections at instructor’s discretion.  

Pre-requisite Knowledge:

Students in this class have varied levels of musical skill and experience.  Those who have prior knowledge of note reading or experience playing the keyboard or other instruments are expected to be student leaders.

 

Course/Concert Objectives:

As a result of this unit students will know the following facts, vocabulary, musical terminology, and literacy skills:

  • “Anatomy” of the piano, note names correlating to keys, C position, G position, playing posture and hand position.
  • Musical literacy:  Common meter, basic rhythms, chords, key signatures, accidentals, chords and chord progressions in various keys, playing melodic line with chordal accompaniment.
  • Ensemble skills:  Play and sing together, play melodic line and accompaniment.
  • Foster musicianship skills to encourage students to continue on in performing and learning after the course ends.  Some of these skills include:  Chord playing, notational literacy, playing technique, singing while playing the piano.
  • *Piano Prodigies will  to demonstrate their understanding.

 

 

Standards Addressed:

NAfME National Standards for Music Education:

1.  Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

Students sing notes names and lyrics while playing keyboard.  They may do this while playing melodic lines or while playing chords.  

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

Students must perform as a full group, in small groups, and alone on all of their repertoire.  Students mainly perform arrangements of classical music, popular, and folk songs.

5.  Reading and notating music.

Students learn how to read notation and perform piano by reading from traditional notation forms.  They also learn to play chord progressions in a given key based on roman numerals.  

6.  Listening to, analyzing, and describing  music.

Students are asked to find recordings of performances of the pieces they are performing.  They must analyze key signatures, time signatures, text meaning, etc.

7.  Evaluating music and musical performance

Students must analyze their own understanding and performance of the pieces they are working on in weekly preparation sheets.

9.  Understanding music in relation to history and culture.  

Students will learn about the cultural relationships of folk songs they are playing to American culture.

 

District/Maine VPA Standards

Music Creative, Performance, Expression (CPE) VOICE, Scope Level: 02 (MU.02.MCPE.01.01)

Students will sing basic songs and melodies alone, in groups, unaccompanied, and with keyboard accompaniment.

Music CPE INSTRUMENTAL, Scope Level 05/06 (MU.05/6.MPI.01.01)

Students will perform a wide variety of songs using standard notation on the keyboard and will gain ensemble skills as the course progresses. 

Music Disciplinary Literacy (DL):  Dynamic Symbols and Terms, Scope Level: 04 (MU.04.MDLD.01.01)

Students must follow all dynamics and expressive marks in their score to create an artistic and beautiful performance.

Music DL:  Melody, Scope Level: 06 (MU.06.MDLM.01.01)

Students sing pieces with varied melodic contour and can identify by sight in the music and by ear

Music DL:  Rhythm, Scope Level: 05 (MU.05.MDLR.01.01)

Students perform rhythm combinations with notes/rests including eighth, quarter, half, whole, and dotted rhythm. 

Music DL:  Tempo Symbols and Terms, Scope Level:  03 (MU.03.MDLT.01.01)

Students, by watching the conductor, listening to one another, and studying their scores, are responsible for performing contrasting tempi both in all pieces and within pieces.  

Music DL:  Tone Color/Timbre, Scope Level: 03 (MU.MCLT.01.01)

Tone color and timbre of various registers of the piano, how pianists change the tone color using pedals.