UNIT ONE: ENSEMBLE...WHERE EVERYONE IS MOST IMPORTANT. Unit Questions: Factual-Why is it important to watch the conductor? Why is it important to sing and listen at the same time? What are the most important elements of good rehearsal participation? Why is it important to consistently sing correct notes and rhythms? How does this group count rhythms? Conceptual–(6) What techniques and expressions does your music share? How can you convey energy in a rehearsal/performance? Why is it important to understand musical notation? What are the elements that make for a quality composition/performance? (7) Why is it important that each part of the ensemble blends with the whole? Where does the “and” come from in counting rhythms? (8) How can different styles have similarities? Why is it important to sing different styles of music? Why is energy important to music making? Debatable–Everyone in the world understands the same musical notation, how? How can an audience affect the energy of a performance? (7) How do missing elements affect the overall sound of a piece? What are the benefits of performing in your own community? For you? For the community? (8) What engages you as a student?
Formal Assessment: Continual feedback from teacher and peers with reflections on progress to enhance performance/Groups perform for the class at varying times to demonstrate their progress. Specifically: be able to number measures, identify tempo, time signature, clef, composer, title, repeat, composer’s intent, harmonies, voice parts, bass clef parts, piano part, dynamics. If given a piece of music, students can label these in a scavenger hunt style.
Students can perform in the community with proper etiquette, posture, musicality and CONTINUE to provide action to community members around this performance.
Students can create their own diverse groups for warm-ups and activities, identify/speak to their own growth as a musician, take responsibility for saying what they do and don’t know. Sight-read in quarter and half notes (rests) in solfeggio going up and down stepwise. More complex rhythms added for advanced students.