6th Grade General Music
Students work with rhythm in drum circles playing djembes, which were provided through a PTC Innovation Grant.
6th Grade students complete their first composition online, using music notation software called Noteflight.
Marie Murphy students begin their study of guitar in 6th grade and continue playing each year.
Units of Study:
- World Music: Using Brad Shank's text Music from Around the World, students will explore the musical cultures of Mexico, the Arab World, India, China, the Caribbean, and more! Student will develop a more globalized understanding of music as they explore different styles of music, instruments, musicians, and vocabulary from around the world.
- Composition: Students will complete a variety of composition projects, including a Blues composition, a rap, and a GarageBand composition using Apple loops. Students will compose with standard music notation, graphic notation, and technology.
- World Drumming: Students will explore rhythm and hand-drumming techniques using djembes that were purchased through an Innovation Grant from the Avoca PTC.
- Guitar: Students will learn to play simple melodies and 3-string chords, building foundational guitar-playing skills that will be further developed in 7th and 8th grade.