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General Music

 

Welcome to 6th Grade General Music!  

In this class we will be doing many different things.  We will explore and learn about music through singing, games and dancing.  We will listen to a variety of composers inclunding many artists of today to help us learn about the different syles and periods of music.  

NEW THIS YEAR!

This year the 6th grade will be separate from the 7th and 8th grade band and choir.  For choir, I will have the ENTIRE GRADE sing at TWO CONCERTS.  This isn't much different than last year.  The 6th grade will sing 3 or 4 songs, and then they will be able to leave unless they are in the band, although they are encouraged to stay and listen to the 7th and 8th graders.  Performances are an opportunity to learn to get up in front of an audience and act like young ladies and gentlemen.  Learning how to dress and act professionnally is a skill they will use their whole life!

CALENDAR

Fall Concert:  Monday, November 21 at 7:00 P.M  REQUIRED

March Concert:  Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 P.M  REQUIRED

May Concert:  Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 P.M  OPTIONAL-students that want to sing at this concert will rehearse and sing with the 7th and 8th grade choir and will perform as one huge choir!

GRADING

This class is graded.  Each activity, worksheet and performance will be graded.  There won't be a lot of homework in this class, but there will be several test.  As long as every student gives their best, participates and has a good attitude, they will receive a good grade.  Each concert is worth 200 points, so if they miss for an unexcused reason, their grade will be lowered significantly.  If they miss for an excused reason (illness, death in the family, family emergency), they may complete a make-up assignment, usually a composer report, to make up the points.  

OPUS

This is an extra music opportunity for kids to audition for an honor choir that will take place at Iowa State in November.  From the beginning of the year through mid-September, students will work on preparing a recorded audition to submit to the state for a chance to participate in the prestigious group.  Students will work with me during their study halls and outside of school as they are able, to prepare this audition.

SWING CHOIR

This is an auditioned group of students that will be combined with the 7th and 8th grade swing choir.  this group sings and dances to popular music.  This group practices during the end of the day study hall and will give a concert with the middle school jazz band on Thursday, March 30.

PERFORMANCE DRESS CODE

Just as in elementary school, students will be required to DRESS UP for a performance.  Dressing up show respect for themselves, the event and the audience.

Boys:  Dress pants or khakis are fine.  No shorts or jeans. They may wear a button up shirt or polo.  No t-shirts or shirts with writing.  Dress shoes-no tennis shoes or sandals.

Girls:  Dresses skirts, or dress pants are fine.  Dressy shirts or blouses.  No t-shirts or shirts with writing.  Keep any dresses or skirts an appropriate length.  Remember that the kids are standing on the stage which is ABOVE the audience, so the audience is looking UP.  The girls may also wear leggings as long as they wear a dress or shirt that goes to mid-thigh length.  No rompers please as they tend to be very short.  Dress shoes or sandals are fine.  No tennis shoes.

If the students are also in band, they will need to wear black and white dress clothes.  

Parents do not need to go and buy anything new or spend a lot of money for these few performances.  Students may borrow clothes from friends or there are excellent consignment stores in Rock Valley or Sioux Falls.  I shop there frequently for myself and my kids.  If you need help in acquireing dress clothes, please e-mail me at alanghol@centrallyon.org or call the school at 712-472-4775 and I'll be happy to help in any way I can!