At Thayer, students can learn about music through...
1) The required music curriculum offered in the classroom (See course descriptions below.)
2) Private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, bass, winds, and stringed instruments, and
3) Participation in a performance group: Chorus or Instrumental Ensemble
Classroom Music Curriculum
Grade 6 (Meets during the 2nd trimester)
The sixth grade music curriculum is based on discovery and exploration of the ten basic elements found in all styles of music:
| • Dynamics
|| • Tempo
|| • Plan (Form)
| • Texture
|| • Tone
| • Instrumentation
Students learn these concepts by listening to music of varied styles, participating in class discussions, and composing pieces with music software (MusicAce).
Using MusicAce in the lab, students practice basic compositional techniques including: production of note patterns, repetition of those patterns, and organization of patterns into a variety of commonly used musical plans (or forms), for example: an ABA form, theme & variations, or layering.
In class, students have the opportunity to listen to many styles of music that implement these plans, so they can apply them to their own compositions.
Grade 7 (Meets during the 1st trimester)
The seventh grade music course is about creating, listening to, and discussing a wide variety of musical styles. To inform class discussions, students research and study the development of past and present popular music from 1950s Rock'n Roll of the to the British Invasion of the '70s. Students also create their own music in the computer lab, using GarageBand software, and burn a CD of their composition as a final project.
Grade 8 (Meets during the 3rd trimester)
In eighth grade music class, students learn to play the acoustic guitar. Each student is given a guitar to use in the classroom, as they learn...
- The six string names
- How to tune a guitar
- Interpretation of chord diagrams
- TAB (tablature) and chord progressions
- Various strumming patterns and how to play them with the rhythm of the music
Students learn to apply all these skills by playing many musical styles. At the end of the trimester, students have the opportunity to perform as a group.