Welcome to our HMB 7/8 Grades Creative Musical Appreciation and Musical Awareness Class (more commonly called 'General Music)
This class consists of studying listening to various music genres and styles from various cultures by observing 'live' online big screen performances, all the while preserving our own American culture through miscellaneousmusic talks, classroom discussions. The students will also be experiencing various cultural performances from various locations around the world.
The students will have many opportunities to be challenged to develop a deeper awareness of 'all kinds of music' through classroom 'mini-lectures' and group discussions along with various in-class and online writing assignments.
As we progress into the school year, the students will be invited to delve into the early stages of creative musical composition through use of a world-class professional computer music program - after they have mastered the music notational "paper and pencil" method, of course. This program will also be able to be accessed from their home computer.
Personal student materials needed for each and every class session:
Pencil(HMB not provided) Music Folder (HMB provided) containing all forms/notes students will 'be required' and/or 'choose' to keep for test notes Chromebook - fully charged and in working order - or make up at home or 'zero' for that assignment Ear buds - Personally provided & owned working ear plugs / headphones daily or make up at home or 'zero'
Click the sublinks to this page to access the various online sources of assignments.
Sub-heading Topics From Which Our Daily Music Class Projects Will Be Chosen
Word Forest Words that we will be learning and wanting to remember!
"Music Understanding" Comparing all the variety of healthy and non-healthy food buffets to all the different styles and genre's of music!
"My Teaching Moments" Various subjects I believe the students will find interesting that are based on unique yet short subjects that are 'staples' in the world of music education.
"YouTubeRed Video Theater" Performances and documentaries, etc. that allows our kids to see something they never would have seen in their lives - instead of just listening to their radio, cd's, phones, etc. All class use of YouTube must be accessed through YouTubeRed which has all advertisements, etc. blocked.
"TED-Ed Talks" Mini-inspirational and thought-provoking talks presented from around the world dealing with music in our lives.
"Classical Music World" We will be observing everything from the 'classical world,' including the great classic composers of the past as well as many of the modern composers and performers hat still represent the 'Classical' style of music.
It seems that 'classical' music is on the 'return' in popularity as we enter into a global society. We will be touching on the following subjects:
"A Younger America" Learn about Hymnology (how music was written) in early America while illustrating the importance of 'words to put forth a message' then vs 'music putting forth a feeling' today. Learn about the Vaudeville Era and how it affected our entertainment for today, Learn about Folk Music in America yesterday / today / tomorrow? Learn about our own famous North Dakotan Lawrence Welk. Learn about the Jazzmusic genre through video examples of historical performances often followed by complete class discussions.
"From the Top" 'PBS's weekly 'live' radio program featuring solo performances from young musicians around the world.
"Opera" Yes, we have to take a peek at opera. Actually, it is quite enjoyable in the way we deal with it. We even have a few laughs - especially when one really takes a quick look at opera and what it is all really about.
"Musical Theatre" Composers of the music for the major American Classic Musicals and Musical Theatre productions.
"Eyewitness Book of Musical Instruments" For those 'rare' occasions when the internet is down, we will turn our attention into real 'books' to look for some information about the many unique and odd as well as the common instruments of today from the many cultures around the world.