Music Appreciation is a semester course providing an overview of Western and American Music History, and World Musical Traditions. An emphasis on basic musicology skills is developed through compare and contrast based on current trends in musical style and performance that students already have. Students will establish an in-depth study of the following composers and songwriters: W.A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, and Ray Charles. By the end of the semester, the learning goal is for students to be able to draw connections from Western, Early American and World traditions to the American Musical styles of today.
There are two paths this course may take. One path is of an instrumental techniques class where students learn the information above while learning how to play guitar or piano. The second path is that of a lecture base format where students will complete interactive presentations on their findings.
Overview of the units to be taught for the year
Students will be working on the following:
1st 9 weeks - Introduction to Music Appreciation
A. Music Enjoyment How does music enrich our lives? How does music allow for self expression? Where do you hear music? How does music affect your life? What do you know about music?
B. Music Reflects Culture What is Call and Response? How can music teach us about other cultures? What aspects of music are common among all cultures? How does the music you listen to reflect your culture?
C. Music Notation Why is notated music considered to be the only world-wide language? How has music notation evolved? q The musical alphabet q Note Names q Note Values q History of music notation
D. Introduction of the Piano Keyboard q Keyboard use and training q Key names and positions ° 2 Black key sets ° 3 Black key sets q Octaves q Right hand / Left hand use ° Finger numbers q Middle C
E. Experiencing Music How do you experience music? How do you listen to music? Do you know what perceptive listening is? What is a casual listener? How does a music critic evaluate music?
F. Careers in Music ° Performance ° Management ° Promotion/Marketing ° Composition ° Recording Engineer
G. The Rhythm of dance Why is rhythm important? What does dance have to do with rhythm? How good are you at distinguishing rhythmic differences? What does rhythm have to do with style?
H. Technology in Music What role does technology play in music today? q Students will learn to use Sibelius, Musition 2 and Aurelia Software in learning music theory and appreciation q Recording q Synthesized Sounds q Electronic Music q Digital Technology q Sampling q MIDI q Music videos
2nd 9 Weeks
A. How does a Composer Work q Inspiration q Musical Form o ABA o Strophic o Verse Refrain o Da Capo o Theme and Variation o Fugue q Lyrics q Software for composing
B. Composers and Song Writers q Medieval Period (450-1450) o Gregorian chant o Plainsong q Renaissance (1450-1700) o Praetorius o Weelkes o Palestrina o Monteverdi q Baroque Period (1600-1750) o Monteverdi o Bach o Handel o Vivaldi q Classical Period (1750-1825) o Haydn o Mozart o Beethoven o Schubert q Romantic Period (1825-1900) o Schubert o Brahms o Mehdelssohn o Berlioz o Smetana o Dvorak o Tchaikovsky o Mussorgsky o Rimsky-Korsakov o Chopin q Opera Composers o Verdi o Wagner o Puccini q French Impressionism o Debussy o Ravel q 20th Century o Stravinsky o Schoenberg o Gershwin o Copland o Barber o Bernstein
C. Styles of Music q Jazz q Music of Love q Sacred Music q Music in Ceremony q Opera q Rhythm and blues q Hip-Hop q Rap q Salsa q Commercials q Musical Theatre q Film Music
D. Music in Society q Folk Music q Protest Music q Jingles q Political E. Technology in Music - Continued
What did we do in class?
Course Description: Students will grow in their understanding of music as they listen to classics from the Baroque period through the jazz age. Students will develop their ear to identify instruments, musical pieces, and musical periods by their sound. Students will also learn music terminology and music theory in order to express in writing accurate descriptions of music.
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