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MUSIC SYLLABUS

Mrs. Tarantino

jtarantino@hamburgschool.com

MC900441798[1]

 

GENERAL MUSIC

 

Grades K – 2

 

Activities:  Students in grades K – 2 will be learning the fundamentals of music, with an emphasis on singing, experiencing music with entire body, and internalizing a steady beat.  Curriculum is largely based on Dr. John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music program. By the end of second grade, students will be introduced to the concept of music notation, will sing using solfege syllables. All ages  will sing alone and in groups, will play a variety of percussion instruments, and will begin to learn about musical form. All of these concepts will be explored in an age appropriate manner. Class normally meets once per week.  All students will participate in winter and spring school assembly pageants..

 

Grading Scale: Students will be graded on class participation and individual progress using the Hamburg School Grading Scale, which can be found in the School Handbook.

 

Grade 3

 

Activities:  Students in grade 3 will develop music reading and theory skills while learning to play the recorder. They will be introduced to basic ensemble and performance skills, and develop dexterity on a wind instrument. Students will be given a recorder for their use, but must replace it if it is lost or damaged. Students will also sing using solfege syllables, will sing alone and in groups, will play a variety of percussion instruments, and will learn about musical form.  All of these concepts will be explored in an age appropriate manner. Class normally meets once per week. All students will participate in winter and spring school assembly pageants.

 

Come prepared to every class with: recorder and music folder.  Failure to do so will result in points deducted from a weekly participation and preparation grade. Grades will also be given for technique and playing ability on the recorder.

 

Homework:  PRACTICE!  Students are expected to practice recorder at home to prepare for playing assessments in class.  They may also be asked to complete assignments which could not be completed in class, and study for written assessments.

 

Grading Scale:  Students will be graded on class participation, class assignments, homework, written and playing assessments, and individual progress.  Final grades will be based on the Hamburg School Grading Scale, which can be found in the School Handbook.

 

Grades 4-5

 

Activities:  Students in grades 4-5 will explore music history, music theory, music appreciation, and music performance.  Students in grades 4-5 will be learning music notation through singing and use of various percussion instruments. Fifth graders will integrate technology into class through use of their Chromebooks. Students will sing using solfege syllables, and will sing group songs.  Class normally meets once per week. All students will participate in winter and spring school assembly concerts.

 

Grading Scale:  Students will be graded on class participation, class assignments, homework, and written assessments.  Final grades will be based on the Hamburg School Grading Scale, which can be found in the School Handbook.

 

Grades 6 - 8

 

Activities:  Students in grades 6 – 8 will develop skills in music history, music theory, music notation, music appreciation, music composition, and music performance.  Technology will be integrated into class through use of Chromebooks. Class normally meets once per week. All students will participate in winter and spring school assembly concerts.

 

Homework:  Students may be asked to complete assignments which could not be completed in class, do writing and research assignments, and study for written and performance assessments.

 

Grading Scale:  Students will be graded on class participation, class assignments, homework, and written and playing assessments.  Final grades will be based on the Hamburg School Grading Scale, which can be found in the School Handbook.




INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

 

 
Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Advanced Band

 

Activities:  Any student who is learning to play an instrument for the first time will start in Beginning Band.  Students are eligible to join band starting in grade 4. Students will be promoted to Intermediate Band in 5th grade or at the teacher’s discretion upon surpassing expectations of the Beginner Band program, and the most advanced students will be assigned to Advanced Band.  Small group lessons will be scheduled using a rotating “pull-out” program, and/or will meet during lunch study or activity period. In addition, all Intermediate & Advanced Band students will rehearse as a full band to prepare for the winter and spring concerts.

 

Lessons and Rehearsals:  Students are required to attend every scheduled lesson and rehearsal with instrument, folder, music, pencil, reeds, valve oil, etc.  Failure to do so will result in points deducted from weekly participation, attendance, and/or preparation grades.

 

Homework: All students are expected to practice 4-5 days during the week, or approximately 60 minutes per week.  Practice is an essential part of learning a musical instrument, and will be reflected in performance assessment grades. Students will be assessed during class and asked to submit electronic recordings of their playing.

 

Concerts: Concert participation is mandatory for both the winter and spring concerts, and will be part of the grade in 2nd and 4th marking periods.  Any additional performance opportunities, including scheduled field trips, will count towards grade as well. Please note the dates of the concerts and plan accordingly.

 

Grading Scale:  Preparation, performance, participation, and attendance will all count toward grade. Final grades will be based on the Hamburg School Grading Scale, which can be found in the School Handbook.

 

 

 

VOCAL MUSIC

 

Chorus

 

Activities:  Students in grades 4- 8 will be invited to participate in the chorus.  Students will extend their studies from general music class and expand their knowledge while learning proper singing technique, and preparing for the winter and spring concerts.  Chorus will meet once per week during WIN period. 

 

Concerts: Concert participation is mandatory for both the winter and spring Concerts. Chorus is a performance oriented program, culminating in concerts each season. Please check the dates of the concerts before signing up for chorus.  

 



CONCERT DATES:

 

Winter Concert - Dec 11 - 7:00 pm 

Spring Concert - June 2 - 7:00 pm



Concert Attire:

  • Solid white shirts  (Solid red shirts or dresses can be worn for the winter holiday concert)

  • Black pants  or long skirt

  • (Students who opt to wear skirts must wear black tights or leggings underneath)

  • Dress shoes

  • Ties are optional

 

Please consider donating your used concert clothing to the music department 

to help others who are unable to obtain proper concert attire.