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 Hello and Welcome to the Chippewa Middle School General Music Page!

 

Mrs. Madonna is the music teacher here and she is currently having a wonderful time working with your children!  She moved to the Akron area  from Columbus, OH after graduating from Ohio University in 2013.  After being a part of different music organizations for more than 16 years, she is excited to teach your children what all music can do for them!

 

Grade Level Overviews

In case you are wondering, here is a quick overview of what your child will be learning in general music this year.

As a whole, the focus of general music class will be the "behind the scenes" aspects of music.  If your child enjoys performing music (singing, dancing and/or playing an instrument) then band and choir should be what they are taking.

5th Grade (Intro to General Music): We will be learning about many different concepts this year.  Film scores, musicals, music careers, and how music can be a part of everyday life will be our focus.  Group projects and presentations will be somewhat common as we teach one another the concepts we are learning.  All in all, a fun year!

6th Grade (History of Rock and Roll): This is the year we learn about the history of music and not just any style of music, but popular music!  We will start by learning about styles of music that started here in the United States in the 1900s like jazz, ragtime, blues, and bebop.  As we move through the decades we will start learning about music that is more familiar to them: Rock 'n' Roll, Country, Heavy Metal, Pop, and even Disco!  This year will not only have a lot of interesting listening examples, but we will learn about the grandfathers of our favorite music of today!

7th Grade (History of Rock and Roll): This is the year we learn about the history of music and not just any style of music, but popular music!  We will start by learning about styles of music that started here in the United States in the 1900s like jazz, ragtime, blues, and bebop.  As we move through the decades we will start learning about music that is more familiar to them: Rock 'n' Roll, Country, Heavy Metal, Pop, and even Disco!  This year will not only have a lot of interesting listening examples, but we will learn about the grandfathers of our favorite music of today!

8th Grade (Music Appreciation): As our time at CMS coes to a close, we will be having a blast in Music Appreciation.  From learning about the history of music, to film score composers, to musicals, to delving into the music of today and where music will go from there, General Music should be TONS of fun this year!  Be aware, that there will not be many test, but this class will be project heavy.

Some Fun Websites to Further Your Learning!

www.emusictheory.com

http://www.nyphilkids.org/games/main.phtml?

http://www.incredibox.com/

www.carnegiehall.org

www.classicsforkids.com

www.makingmusicfun.net

www.audacity.sourceforge.net