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Music Curriculum

Music Curriculum

Curriculum Standards Music K-8

 

At The Madeleine Choir School we strive to provide a structured music education program that provides students with a foundation in music theory, music history and musicianship. We provide a meaningful performance experience through singing sacred choral music in a liturgical context. We offer an instrumental program supporting the formation of a well-rounded musician. Most over we strive to develop in every student a liking for listening to music, an interest in studying music history and music theory, and a joy for making music.

 

Kindergarten

 

Music Theory

  • Write and recognize by sight and ear half-, quarter-, and eighth note
  • Echo simple melody patterns using solfege syllables and hand signs

 

Music History

  • Study composers and their compositions
  • Learn about individual instruments in the orchestra

 

Musicianship

  • Sing unaccompanied, accompanied and unison songs (focus on folksongs and traditional children songs)
  • Play rhythm instruments responsibly
  • Move responsibly to music

 

Grade 1

 

Music Theory

  • Write and recognize by sight and ear whole, half-, quarter-, and eighth note
  • Know that music is written on five lines and that notes tell pitch and rhythm
  • Echo and sight-sing simple melody patterns using solfege syllables and hand signs

 

Music History

  • Study composers and their compositions (e.g. Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals)
  • Learn about individual instrument families in the orchestra

 

Musicianship

  • Sing unaccompanied, accompanied and unison songs (focus on one-part and rounds)
  • Play rhythm instruments at a steady beat (solo and accompanying)
  • Move responsibly to music

 

Grade 2

 

Music Theory

  • Write and recognize by sight and ear all note values and rests
  • Write and recognize notes in treble clef
  • Echo and sight-sing melody patterns using solfege syllables and hand signs

 

Music History

  • Study composers and their compositions (e.g. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; The Nutcracker; Hansel and Gretel)
  • Learn about each individual instrument and their respective families
  • Recognize instrument families by ear

 

Musicianship

  • Sing unaccompanied, accompanied, unison and simple two-part songs (focus on folksongs, hymns and spirituals)
  • Develop a healthy vocal technique
  • Play violin responsibly (group violin class)
  • Move responsibly to music

 

Grade 3

 

Music Theory

  • Write and recognize by sight and ear all note values and rests
  • Write and recognize notes in treble clef and bass clef
  • Understand the use of time signature
  • Echo and sight-sing complex melody patterns using solfege syllables and hand signs

 

Music History

  • Study composers and their compositions (e.g. Peter and the Wolf)
  • Introduction to time periods of classical music
  • Study roots of American music (spirituals, Native American, Jazz)
  • Learn about each individual instrument and their respective families
  • Recognize families and individual instruments by ear

 

Musicianship

  • Sing unaccompanied, accompanied, unison and simple two-part songs
  • Sing as a leader and soloist
  • Develop a healthy vocal technique
  • Play violin responsibly (group violin class)
  • Move responsibly to music

 

Grade 4

 

Music Theory

  • Write and recognize by sight and ear all note values and rests
  • Write and recognize notes in treble clef and bass clef
  • Understand the use of time signature
  • Recognize intervals by sight and ear
  • Understand the use of accidentals
  • Recognize and use major keys (C, G, D, F)
  • Complete melodic -, rhythmic -, intervallic dictation
  • Read and write in Gregorian Chant notation
  • Echo and sight-sing complex melody patterns using solfege syllables and hand signs

 

Music History

  • Study composers and their compositions
  • Study time periods of classical music
  • Listen to compositions and place music into appropriate time period
  • Study opera
  • Review instrument families and individual instruments

 

Musicianship

  • Sing unaccompanied, accompanied, unison and simple two-part songs
  • Sing as a leader and soloist
  • Develop a healthy vocal technique
  • Introduction to vocal anatomy
  • Introduction to conducting
  • Understand and demonstrate outstanding rehearsal and performance behavior

 

Grade 5

 

Music Theory

  • Write and recognize by sight and ear all note values and rests, including 32nd notes
  • Understand the use of simple and compound time signature
  • Transpose by octave (clef transfer)
  • Recognize intervals by sight and ear, including augmented and diminished intervals
  • Understand the Circle of Fifths (up to 3#s and 3bs)
  • Recognize and use minor keys (a, e, d - natural, harmonic, melodic)
  • Complete melodic -, rhythmic -, intervallic dictation
  • Understand the use of tuplets
  • Understand the use of double-#s and double-bs
  • Introduction to Music Analysis

 

Music History

  • Listen to compositions and place music intro appropriate time period
  • Introduction to Chamber music and Program music
  • Music and National identity

 

Musicianship

  • Participation in the choir program on various levels of ability
  • Sing as a committed chorister - show leadership
  • Focus on sight-singing
  • Develop a healthy vocal technique
  • Understand vocal anatomy
  • Understand conducting gestures
  • Understand and demonstrate outstanding rehearsal and performance behavior
  • Sing and study repertoire unique to the choral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Participate in national and international performance tours to musical centers of historic importance

 

Grade 6

 

Music Theory

  • Review the use of simple and compound time signature
  • Transpose by octave (clef transfer)
  • Review of major, minor, augmented and diminished intervals
  • Understand the Circle of Fifths (up to 5#s and 5bs)
  • Review all minor keys
  • Understand the chromatic scale
  • Introduction to Alto Clef
  • Complete melodic -, rhythmic -, intervallic dictationIntroduction to the technical names of the scale degrees
  • Recognize and write triads on I, IV, V (major and minor)
  • Recognize phrase structure by sight and ear (e.g. ABA forms)
  • Complete simple harmonic analysis

 

Music History

  • Listen to compositions and place music into appropriate time period
  • Introduction to Lied (Art Song) and Symphony
  • Study 20th century composers and compose in their style
  • Explore the history and development of Jazz

 

Musicianship

  • Participation in the choir program on various levels of ability
  • Sing as a committed chorister -show leadership
  • Focus on sight-singing
  • Develop a healthy vocal technique
  • Understand vocal anatomy
  • Understand conducting gestures
  • Understand and demonstrate outstanding rehearsal and performance behavior
  • Sing and study repertoire unique to the choral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Participate in national and international performance tours to musical centers of historic importance

 

Grade 7 and Grade 8

 

Music History and Theory (taught on a four semester rotation)

Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Music

  • Intro to the Medieval Period: Music, Art, Architecture
  • Plainsong: Neumes, Modes, Ordinary/Proper/Hours
  • The Gothic: The School of Notre Dame and the beginnings of polyphony
  • Intro to the Renaissance: Music, Art, Architecture
  • Forms in the Renaissance Period: Motet, Madrigal and Masses
  • Lassus and Palestrina

Music of the Baroque Era

  • Intro to the Baroque: Music, Art, Architecture; transition from the Renaissance
  • Monteverdi and the birth of Opera; Vivaldi and the Concerto
  • J. S. Bach I: Counterpoint, the Doctrine of Affections
  • Handel: the Suites and the Oratorio

The Classical Period of Music

  • Intro to the Classical Period; Transition from the Baroque
  • Parallels in Art and Architecture
  • Mozart; Haydn
  • Opera in the Classical Period; Gluck, Mozart
  • Forms in the Classical Period: The Symphony, Sonata, Concerto, Serenade

Music and Romaniticism

  • Romanticism Revisited: Literature, Art and Music
  • Program versus Absolute Music
  • Schubert and Schumann; Beethoven; Mendelssohn
  • Opera in the Romantic Period; Verdi and Wagner
  • Chamber Music, Song and Piano Sonata
  • Forms in the Romantic Period: The Symphony, Concert Overture and Concerto
  • Brahms and Mahler

Twentieth Century Music

  • The Twentieth Century: Music, Art, Architecture; New Elements of Style
  • Intro to Impressionism
  • Debussy and Ravel
  • Stravinsky and Bartok
  • Twentieth Century Composition
  • Poulenc and Britten

 

Musicianship

  • Participation in the choir program on various levels of ability
  • Sing as a committed chorister - show leadership
  • Focus on sight-singing
  • Develop a healthy vocal technique
  • Understand vocal anatomy
  • Understand conducting gestures
  • Understand and demonstrate outstanding rehearsal and performance behavior
  • Sing and study repertoire unique to the choral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Participate in national and international performance tours to musical centers of historic importance