Weeks of April 30th and May 7th
We will be studying the Howard Goodall Series – The Story of Music. We will discuss and answer questions related to the music history, terminology, notation, theory covered in the series.
Age of Discovery Howard Goodall Part 2 Questions
Week of April 16th:
Learn about the relationship between Memphis Blues and Nashville Country. We will watch artists collaborate on a special music project. Questionnaire included in this lesson.
Distribute Music Autobiography project – Review project requirements and due dates.
Rhythm, Country and Blues
Kennedy Center Honors – Buddy Guy – Blues
Week of April 9th:
Finish West Side Story Unit. We will watch a Kennedy Center Honors honoring Rita Moreno who played Anita in West Side Story and Stephen Sondheim, lyricist for West Side Story. In addition, we will watch a Howard Goodall biography about Leonard Bernstein who wrote the music for West Side Story.
Finish up our musical theatre unit with a variety of popular scenes from movie and Broadway musicals. We will discuss differences in style, how the song reflects the character and how the song might indicate what might have happened just before or what might happen directly after.
First Day: Defying Gravity from Wicked, Company and I’m Not Getting Married from Company; The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music
Second Day: So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music, I Cain’t Say No from Oklahoma, March of the Siamese Children and Shall We Dance from The King & I.
Kennedy Center Honors – Rita Moreno
Kennedy Center Honors – Stephen Sondheim
Howard Goodall Series – Music Greats – Leonard Bernstein
Shall We Dance
March of the Siamese Children
So Long Farewell
Ado Annie – Cain’t Say No
Not Getting Married Today
Week of March 19th:
American Pie Lyric Analysis. Lyrics will be distributed for taking notes during the lecture. You will be able to use notes for the test, so take good notes! We will discuss how Don McLean’s lyrics draw a comparison between historical events/societal issues and popular music during the ten years it took him to write American Pie.
We will also view a documentary about Buddy Holly. Test on Friday.
Weeks of February 26th and March 5th
Begin an Early Rock and Roll Unit covering Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and how Pat Boone affected the Rock and Roll scene.
Alan Freed and Dick Clark: We will discuss their contributions to the early rock and roll industry and also how they were personally affected by the payola scandal.
Bubblegum Era music – explore Bubblegum artists and their music.
Britain Invades – Arrival of Beatles and Rolling Stones to the U.S. HOPM BRITISH INVASION
CCR, Led Zeppelin, KISS and Journey HOPM CCR through Journey questions
Shirley Ellis The Name Game
The Clapping Song
THE DIXIE CUPS
Chapel of Love
TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS
Crimson and Clover
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
History of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Britain Invades Episode 3 parts 1 and 4.
Week of February 5th
Carlos Santana – Kennedy Center Honors
Dolly Parton – Kennedy Center Honors
- Instrument Families and the Orchestra. We will discover the unique differences between instruments, understand the groups (families) of instruments, how an orchestra is organized (seating of sections), view instrument demonstrations by professional musicians (video).
- Listening exercise: Identifying instruments by their sound. Review for Quiz.
- Unit Quiz
- Begin next unit – Transition of Disney’s The Lion King from movie to stage.
We will begin exploring music on stage by learning how Disney’s The Lion King made the transition from movie to stage. Music is central to this show – characters and scenery reflect the music of Africa.
Take notes on each segment.
TED Talk featuring Julie Taymor, the producer of The Lion King, A Broadway Musical.
Julie Taymor TED Talk – Frida, The Tempest, The Lion King and Spiderman, The Musical.
Week of January 28th
In Tune magazine featuring Luke Bryan – reading and corresponding questions.
Instrument Families and the Orchestra. We will discover the unique differences between instruments, understand the groups (families) of instruments, how an orchestra is organized (seating of sections), view instrument demonstrations by professional musicians (video).
Week of January 22nd
- Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choirs – explore the story behind a series of virtual choirs directed by Eric Whitacre.
- Begin unit covering the foundations of music theory.
http://ericwhitacre.com/the-virtual-choir All the virtual choir performances.
Eric Whitacre’s TED TALK:
Test on Friday, January 26th
Kennedy Center Honors – Led Zeppelin
Week of January 8th
Class introduction and review syllabus/class expectations
What is music? What defines music? We will discuss rhythm, beats and how sound is organized to create music. Explore creating rhythm combinations through observing STOMP scenes and video.
Random Items Assignment – small groups use random items available in classroom to create a four-measure rhythm piece.