What students learn in upper division Music!

5th Grade: We have begun our section on Rhythm.
Students will study the basic concepts of rhythm in music through:

  • Basic theory of note duration and rests; measures and bars
  • Introduction to theory of dotted notes and rests
  • Introduction to time signatures
  • Exercises to promote recognition of simple rhythm patterns through "reading" and listening
  • Use of classroom percussion instruments as primary rhythm instruments

6th Grade: We have begun our section on Rhythm.

Students will review the basic concepts of rhythm in music through:

  • Review theory of note duration and rests; measures and bars
  • Review theory of dotted notes and rests
  • Review of common time signatures and introduction to more complex patterns
  • Exercises to promote recognition of simple rhythm patterns through "reading" and listening
  • Use of classroom percussion instruments as primary rhythm instruments

Link to the Cup Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmSbXsFE3l8

7th Grade: We have begun our section on Rhythm.
Students will review the basic concepts of rhythm in music through:

  • Review theory of note duration and rests; measures and bars
  • Review theory of dotted notes and rests
  • Review of time signatures

Students will gain further achievement in music theory through:

  • Exercises to promote recognition of more complex rhythm patterns through "reading" and listening
  • Use of classroom percussion instruments as primary rhythm instruments
  • Composition of a rhythm "score" to be performed in the classroom 

8th Grade: It is with great excitement that we are announcing the 8th grade musical right off the bat this year! Cabrini will be among the first productions in the area of Disney's The Lion King, Jr.! 

 This special musical play was conceived and originally directed by Julie Taymor in 1997, and was based on the animated Disney film The Lion King, in 1994. The reinvention of this film to stage is considered one of the most innovative Broadway musicals of all time.  It has now been adapted for young performers, like ours at Cabrini, and this class will have an amazing experience learning the theater arts through this show with its message of hope, renewal, second chances, responsibilities,  and loyalty. As has been our tradition, we will begin rehearsals for this show in January 2016, with the performances in May 2016.

 However, we had another motivation for choosing The Lion King, Jr. for this 8th grade class. The production team of The Lion King Jr. has created brand new theater art lessons  that we will use as the music class curriculum during the first and second quarter.   The Lion King Experience is an 18-week innovative and rigorous theater  curriculum to help strengthen arts education in schools.  It is designed to introduce students to a wide range of theater skills through the lens of The Lion King. We will explore musical theater from different angles including: performance, design, directing, writing, and technical theater. For The Lion King Experience, the students will be divided into groups, or prides (ask them what is a "pride"), and will work through student-driven and project-based lessons.

 This project is a great privilege, and we hope that you help us instill a sense of excitement and  respect for this experience. In a few weeks they will create an Ensemble Contract that they will sign and agree to follow. You will receive a copy of this contract as well so you can see what they expect from themselves and each other. We will give you more updates as we progress through each lesson.
8th Grade

8/26/15  Session 1: Intro- We acted out the plot of The Lion King Jr., sometimes using nonsense syllables, slow motion, and even as a news story! Each Pride was given a scene from The Lion King Jr, to perform for the rest of the class. We will repeat this activity at the end of our 18 weeks and see how we improve and grow.

9/2/15  Session 2: Pride- Today we created an "ensemble contract" that the entire class signed and agree to follow throughout The Lion King Experience as well as rehearsals in the winter and spring. Each Pride created an identity based on their characteristics and animals from the African savannah. Our Pride Names are: The Laughing Lions, The Mighty Meerkats, and The Awesome Zebras.

 

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Mrs. Teri Wells (5th - 8th Music)

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Homework!

5th Grade: Lessons 11(identify) and 13(How many beats and draw notes/rests) -Due 9/9/15

6th Grade: Lessons 17 (Draw bar lines) and 18 (Notate time signature) Due:9/9/15

7th Grade: Reading Rhythm p.11 Due:9/9/15

8th Grade: Pride Journal - Lesson 2 (Pride). If you haven't finished designing your Pride Journal, finish as well. Due:9/9/15

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