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Level 1-4 (1st through 4th)
Level 5-8 (5th through 8th)
Course Description: Students will experience a variety of music this year, listening to popular folk music of various historic periods and classic music of many great composers including Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, and more. Special music includes music of native Americans and Negro Spirituals. This year students will also be studying music theory. Topics will include staff, clef, note identification, note and rest duration, and scales. Students will review what they have learned about the string, percussion and woodwind families, and this year will learn about the brass family of instruments.
Welcome to your first day of school! I wanted to give you one important reminder before you begin. Many of your lessons below have an internet link for you to click on. When you go to the different internet pages for your lessons, please DO NOT click on anything else on that page except what the directions tell you to. DO NOT click on any advertisements or games. DO NOT click on anything that takes you to a different website. Just stay focused on your lesson and then close that window and you should be right back here for the next lesson. Okay?
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- This is a once-a-week course. It will appear on your My EP lesson page on days ending in 1 and 6.
- Let’s review the types of woodwind instruments. Choose woodwinds . Click on each one to read about it. Click the play button to listen to it played.
- This is the end of your work for this course for your first day. You are allowed to move at your own pace (this is homeschooling), but it’s intended you complete one lesson each week.
- Let’s review the types of string instruments. Choose strings . Click on each one to read about it. Click the play button to listen to it played.
- Let’s review the types of percussion instruments. Choose percussion. Click on each one to read about it. Click the play button to listen to it played. time.
Iroquois water drum
|The two most important Iroquois instruments are drums and flutes. Native Iroquois drums were often filled with water to give them a distinctive sound different from the drums of other tribes. Most Iroquois music is very rhythmic and consists mostly of drumming and lively singing. Flutes were used to woo women in the Iroquois tribes. An Iroquois Indian man would play beautiful flute music outside a woman’s longhouse at night to show her he was thinking about her.|
- This time find the brass instruments. Choose brass.
- Click on each one to read about it. Click the play button to listen to it played.
- Read through this lesson on staff and clefs. Use your arrow keys or the arrow button on the screen to move the highlight to each line. With each line, there will be a new picture.
- Tell someone what a music staff and clef are.
- Ben Franklin’s Armonica
- Have you ever run a wet finger around the edge of a glass to make a sound?
- The “armonica” works in a similar way, making vibrations depending on the size of the glass bowl.
- Ben Franklin said it was his invention that gave him the most personal satisfaction.
- Ben Franklin’s Armonica
- Resonance is an object’s tendency to vibrate at a set frequency. When you hit the C note on the piano, it always sounds the same because the sound is caused by a vibration, and a string at that length will always vibrate at the same speed.
- Read about resonance in the armonica.
- Read about time signatures.
- Explain to someone what a time signature is.
- Learn about the different types of rests.
- Draw each kind of rest and label it.
- Listen to the Star-Spangled Banner. Read the lyrics as you listen. We know the first verse as the American national anthem, but this has the second verse of the poem as well.
- Do the lesson on dots and ties. Use a laptop (not a mobile device). Click the forward button at the bottom of the screen to move through the lesson. You’ll notice a speaker when you get to one of the points. Click on it to hear how it is played. (There is no speaker if you use a mobile device for this assignment. Please use a computer.)
- Listen to pioneer music. (The song Cindy isn’t working.)
- Learn about steps and accidentals.
- Read to learn about slave spirituals. Read what’s in the yellow boxes.
- Listen to a famous spiritual, Swing Low Sweet Chariot.
- If you would like to read some song lyrics, here’s a site with tons of lyrics to spirituals.
- Learn about scales. Listen to the scales. Click on the little speaker icons when they appear.
- What’s the pattern for a scale?
- Listen to Dixie, a song of the Confederacy. Then listen to the Union’s version of the song.
- What’s the difference?
- Last new lesson…learn about minor scales.
- What is the pattern?
- Compose your own music.
- Click on blocks to build blocks and sounds. There are different colors on the left which are different sounds.