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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks

Overview

Music is part of everyday lives and reflects the spirit of our human condition. To know and understand music, we distinguish and identify cultures on local and global levels. This course will provide students with an aesthetic and historical perspective of music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages through the Twentieth First Century. Students will acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making future music experiences more informed and satisfying.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1:

  • Learn about the basic elements of music.
  • Examine pitch and melody and their roles in a piece of music.
  • Discuss some of the notations and language used to distinguish rhythm in a piece of music.
  • Consider dynamics and its effect on music.
  • Investigate form in music and how this involves the other elements of music.
  • Examine the relationship between popular music and pop music.
  • Discuss the characteristics that help define pop music.
  • Consider how technological advances helped shape pop music.
  • Investigate the history and development of pop music.
  • Discuss the current status of pop music.
  • Learn about the history of music before the Middle Ages.
  • Discuss the role of music in ancient societies.
  • Investigate the styles of music that were present before the Middle Ages.
  • Examine what musical instruments were used in ancient times.
  • Trace the development of music through the Middle Ages.
  • Understand the Renaissance and its relationship to the music of this time period.
  • Discuss the effects of music on society.
  • Describe some of the instruments that were developed during this period.
  • Discuss some of the characteristics of Renaissance music and the forms of music composed.
  • Talk about a few of the influential composers of Renaissance music.
  • Discuss the transition from earlier forms of music to music of the Baroque period.
  • Analyze the changes that this period made to Western music.
  • Discuss opera and how it developed.
  • List some of the composers and musicians during this time period.
  • Trace the development of music during the Baroque Period.
  • Examine the changes in music during the Classical Era.
  • Discuss the musical forms, such as sonatas, that were popular.
  • Learn about the common features of music from the Classical Era.
  • Investigate some of the composers from this period.
  • Trace the development of music during the Classical Era.
  • Examine the music of the Romantic Period and how it differs from earlier music.
  • Discuss the features and characteristics of music from this period.
  • Learn about some of the composers and musicians from this time period.
  • Investigate the role of music in society during this time period.
  • Trace the development of music during the Romantic Period.
  • Investigate the musical traditions that combined in jazz.
  • Discuss the characteristics and features of jazz music.
  • Examine improvisation and its role in jazz music.
  • Learn about some of the musicians who helped to develop jazz.
  • Trace the development of jazz during the twentieth century.

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets art graduation requirement.

Competencies

  • Cultural Influences of Jazz and Popular Music
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural influences of jazz and popular music by distinguishing between different sources of American jazz and pop music genres, such as swing, hot jazz, cool jazz and blues, and examining the influences of those genres on American culture and musicians.
  • Early Music of the Western World: Ancient and Renaissance
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of early music of the Western world, including Ancient and Renaissance, by applying knowledge this music to describe characteristics of music and musicians that represent this period of music.
  • Foundations of Music
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of music by analyzing music, with and without aural stimulus, to identify melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics and form.
  • Later Music of the Western World: Baroque, Classical Era and Romantic Period of Music
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of later music of the Western world including Baroque, Classical Era and Romantic Period by describing characteristics of music and musicians that represent these periods and types of music.
  • Societal Implications of Music of the Western World
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of societal implications of music of the Western world by explaining the evolution of music and interpreting its implications for society.

Pre-Requisites

Recommended for grades 9-12.

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