Week of March 27th:
Finish American Pie Lyrics analysis. Watch series about Buddy Holly’s life and career.
Test over American Pie Lyrics analysis on Wednesday.
Week of March 20th:
American Pie by Don McLean
Listen to song and lyric analysis. Understand the societal and historical connection the lyrics have as it relates to Don McLean’s teenage through adult years.
Rhythm, Country and Blues – complete questionnaire while watching video. Turn in work at end of class.
Weeks of February 27th through March 10th:
After watching West Side Story, we will learn more about Leonard Bernstein and Rita Moreno
Answer questions while watching West Side Story, based on Romeo & Juliet. Discuss music styles, characters, how music helps tell the story, etc. (Marni Nixon dubs for Natalie Wood)
Watch West Side Story on MediaCast.
Continue learning about musicals. Questionnaire about each scene below will be completed during class.
Video series below: Find Tony Awards Defying Gravity #10 and My New Philosophy #119 .
Week of February 21st:
Test over instruments on Wednesday.
Tuesday – Review for test and begin Musical Theatre unit about the making of The Lion King, A Broadway Musical.
Week of February 13th
Continue learning about instruments
Week of February 6th
Continue learning about instruments of the orchestra – taking notes during discussion of each instrument.
Monday- Phillip Phillips In Tune magazine questionnaire.
Week of January 30th
We will be learning about the instruments this week: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion.
TED Talks Carrot Clarinet
How it’s Made – Instruments
Tuesday – The Who Kennedy Center Honors.
Monday – Billy Joel Kennedy Center Honors.
Write down “bullet points” about each Billy Joel’s life story.
What was his childhood like?
Where did he grow up?
Write down four of his major accomplishments/successes.
Name some of the major places he has performed.
Name four of his songs.
Who performed his music at Kennedy Center Honors?
Make sure your name is on your list and turn it in at the end of class. NO PHONES during video.
Billy Joel – Kennedy Center Honors (Close out of advertisements when they pop up)
Week of January 23rd
Review Music Theory Fundamentals on Monday and Tuesday followed by a quiz on Wednesday.
Thursday: Learn about Bobby McFerrin’s career in music. His unique rhythmic style of singing made him famous! Discuss how the direction of his music career changed and challenged his comfort zone.
TED TALKS – Bobby McFerrin
Friday: continue learning about Bobby McFerrin followed by a Billy Joel Kennedy Center Honors.
TUESDAY, January 17
Write down “bullet points” about each artist’s life story. How did they start out? Where are they from? Name a few of their songs. Who performed their music? Make sure your name is on your list and turn it in at the end of class. NO PHONES during videos.
Kennedy Center Honors – Paul McCartney (CLOSE ADVERTISING WHEN IT POPS UP)
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.
I will share about my experience singing in a series of Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choirs.
Fundamentals of Music Theory
http://ericwhitacre.com/the-virtual-choir All the virtual choir performances.
Eric Whitacre’s TED TALK: