Middle School General Music Curriculum
Date: May 8, 2012
I need help creating a strong middle school (grades 6-8) general music/choir curriculum. This is my 2nd year teaching and my first year at a charter school in Detroit. The music program started just 5 years ago and the middle school general music classes have had 3 or 4 different music teachers, all teaching a variety of different things. I am trying to create a "real" curriculum for next year and need help planning some material that is more interesting and engaging for the students. Unfortunately, the schedule for next year is not planned yet. This year, I had 2 classes each an hour long, both with mixed grades 6-8, and most of the students stayed in the class all year long. I would like to do different units in the class: music history, different popular music genres (rock, blues, jazz, etc.), world music and/or drumming, class piano, music theatre, and singing/choir. I tried to incorporate music theory into the class this year, which didn't work out the best, but I do want to include that somewhere in the curriculum as well. I'm planning for the course to be 1 semester long.
I am looking for some good projects/ideas/resources/textbooks/etc. that I can use in the classroom to help the students gain a better understanding and appreciation of music. I also need advice from experience what worked for others and what didn't. Most of the students I get are not interested in what I have to teach them so it's really important to me to find material that they will be interested in and that will help them feed into the high school program to make that stronger as well.