General Music - Grade 6 Curriculum - Will This Idea Work?
Date: August 4, 2014
I just found out that I will be teaching a general music class for Grade 6 along with directing the 7th and 8th grade choirs. They 6th graders will roatate in every 9 weekly. I'm assuming that for many of these kids this will be the last time they ever take a general music class, ever. I want them to understand that music goes accross the curriculum and be able to defend music education if the chance ever arises in their lifetime. Here is what I am thinking about doing each 9 week rotation.
Week 1 - Introduction of the Course/Getting to know the students/Ice Breakers
Week 2 - Science - Teaching that the Voice is an Instrument - Emphasis on Singing
Week 3 and 4 - Math - Teaching Rhythm - Incorporate Bucket Drumming/Singing/Boomwhackers
Week 5 and 6 - Social Studies - Discussing Music in History/Different Musical Periods/Etc. - Incorporate Singing
Week 7 - English - Discuss Poems/Lyrics and Melody Writing (If possible) - Incorpoarate Singing/Boomwhackers
Week 8 - View "Music of the Heart" video and bring everything that has been taught/discussed during the 8 weeks back in.
Week 9 - Assessment - Tests/Games/Recordings of the Students/One Page Paper on the Importance of Music Education in our schools. (Could the paper be to difficult for 6th graders to complete?)
What do you all think about this idea? What other ideas could I use for the 9 week grading period? I am open to suggestions!! I would love to be able to use this class to help build my choral program the next school year. Thanks for your help with this!