Beauty of Music B

Why This Class

Is your student learning to play a classical instrument? Or improvising instruments out of thin air? Do they like to listen to and play with music, or to create their own pieces? If you answered yes to any of these, this second course is just the ticket to deepen your student’s appreciation of the beauty, complexity, and potential of music.

Students in this self-paced course study the mechanics of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Using enhanced composition techniques, students write and perform their own song. Next, they tour genres—from country to jazz to musical theater and more—to develop critical listening skills. Finally, students analyze the cultural impact of music through a personal lens by taking an in-depth look at their own musical autobiographies.

Students emerge from this course with an enhanced appreciation for music and its impact on human beings and culture. They readily identify great compositions and are eager to participate in and enjoy the ongoing evolution of music.

Key Questions

What are woodwind, string, brass, and percussion instruments and how do they work?

What are practical steps for composing a song?

What elements are important in successful musical theatre?

How does a good critic approach jazz music?

What is the value of music from other cultures and what does a music therapist do?

Reading List

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Course Details

Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman) – 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 4

Format: Self-paced

Credits: 0.5

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