High School Music Curriculum

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High School Music Curriculum

 

Course Description:

The High School Instrumental Class is an elective that is offered for a semester or full year. It aims to develop student’s interest in learning to play a musical instrument of their choice. These choices vary from learning to play the guitar, keyboard, violin, flute, recorder and drums. The student will acquire skills like sight reading of notations, velocity and dexterity in playing with a particular instrument and gain mastery as a solo performer or accompanist. Student will learn basic applications, technical skills and a repertoire suitable for their level. Learning activities will include discussion and research on a short history of musical instruments and performing solo or in an ensemble. The level and music foundation/background of a student is carefully considered when choosing musical pieces for independent study. At this stage of the course, the student is given an opportunity to explore or discover his/her level of understanding and develop skills as he/she works on a chosen piece alone, but with supervision from the music teacher. The student is then required to perform for the teacher or the whole class to follow up progress and assessments. Another emphasis is to acquire self-confidence and expression of one’s musical talent and appreciation of music. All activities will integrate music elements and their application in a student’s daily work and performance in class. At the end of the course, the student is expected to demonstrate proficiency in technical skills and mastery of the repertoire through a class performance or recital.

Units:

  • Notations and sight reading
  • Music Theory and Basic Rudiments
  • Applying skills on the Keyboard
  • Applying skills on the Guitar
  • Basic Major and Minor Chords
  • Playing Ensemble

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will perform a repertoire of music representing various styles and cultures, including that of the host country, with expression and technical accuracy.
  • Students will read a musical score with enough fluency to lead a small ensemble.
  • Students will improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments.
  • Students will compose and arrange music using notation.

This course upholds the KAS mission statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration through music-related art projects.
  • Allowing student to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global and holistic learners.
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness through involvement in school projects and community service.
  • Empowering students with skills and understandings so they may be able to adjust to the constant changes in technology.
  • Providing students with enough training and foundation to prepare them for higher education.
  • Allowing students to express themselves to their fullest potential without fear of being subjected to criticism.
  • Providing students opportunities to exploit their talents and view themselves as responsible performers

 

Music Technology Curriculum

Course Description:
Music Technology and Composition is a semester long elective for high school students. Activities include learning basic rudiments and Music theory with the emphasis on reading notes. Students will learn to create chords, scales and inversions. Transposition is also a unit that will show how much the students have learned from the beginning of the semester. Students will continue to work on playing musical pieces on the keyboard. However, if students join this elective with the interest to play the guitar, they will also refer their repertoire from the internet and be assisted by the teacher to reach their goals towards performance level. Everyone in this elective will create their own simple composition using the Garage Band or Logic Pro. At the end of the semester, students are required to perform in a recital or the end of the year production during the talent portion.

Units:

  • Basic Chords
  • Inversions and transposition
  • Repertoire and Basic Composition
  • Application of Technology in Composition

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will perform a repertoire of music representing various styles and cultures, including that of the host country, with expression and technical accuracy.
  • Students will read a musical score with enough fluency to lead a small ensemble.
  • Students will improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments.
  • Students will compose and arrange music using notation.

This course upholds the KAS mission statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration through music-related art projects.
  • Allowing student to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global and holistic learners.
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness through involvement in school projects and community service.
  • Empowering students with skills and understandings so they may be able to adjust to the constant changes in technology.
  • Providing students with enough training and foundation to prepare them for higher education.
  • Allowing students to express themselves to their fullest potential without fear of being subjected to criticism.
  • Providing students opportunities to exploit their talents and view themselves as responsible performers.