Curriculum 

Introduction:

Music students come with all sorts of skills, likes, and abilities, but they share the ultimate goal of learning to play a particular instrument. Teachers also have unique sets of skills, opinions, and abilities and most of them have the ultimate goal of teaching students how to play a musical instrument. While variations in students’ backgrounds are somewhat unpredictable, teachers most notably differ in pedagogical approaches—primarily in methodologies and philosophies. Regardless of personal preferences, a teacher’s methodology and philosophy is synthesized within a general curriculum. A curriculum provides a path for both teachers and students, but since each student is unique, it must be adapted to fit individual needs. For instance, the curriculum for a student that just wants to play pop tunes for fun will be different from the one for a potential concert pianist.

 

 

 

Learning Objectives: Music Appreciation

  • Effects of Music on the Mind and Body

  • Exploring Musical Tones; Semi-Tones, Dissonance, Melodic and Harmonic chord progressions heard in music. 

  • Recognize Musical Patterns; Vibrations, Beats, Rhythms, Tempo, Time Signature, and Syncopation.

 

  • Why do we dislike classical music?

  • How we interpret music in the brain.

  • Music as a stimulate; evoking physical, spiritual & emotional responses.

 

  • Influence of music on an individual and/or group

  • Explanation of the various techniques and dynamics integrated into music and it how it influences an individual and/or group.

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Composition of the Heart

  • An exercise used for one to express themselves through music. Each participant is given a blank canvas and is asked to accompany the presenter with a classical piece by using their hearts to draw what they feel throughout the performance. 

  • Primary & Secondary Objective:

  • Creative Inclusion Session Format includes Voice, Dance, Spoken Word, Music Production. Teaching method includes Piano Adventures, Little Mozarts, Piano Accompaniment, Additional Lesson and Theory Books, PowerPoint Presentation/demo’s to supply visual and auditory concepts integrated into music as well as interactive exercises.

Piano Lessons 

  • Posture & Coordination Development

  • Finger Dexterity & Technique – Accuracy, speed, stamina, coordination, dynamics, fluidity and efficiency of motion

  • Key Navigation 

  • Notation

  • Dynamics

  • Expression

  • Syncopation

  • Rhythm 

  • Introduction to Ear and Pitch Training

  • Sight-Reading Basics

  • Basics of Reading Sheet music and Performance 

  • Scales and Chord Progressions 

  • Pedaling 

  • Memory Building

  • Repertoire – Songs necessary to advance as a musician. Piano and Voice curriculum includes classical repertoire.

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Guitar Lessons 

  • Posture & Coordination Development

  • Introduction to Ear and Pitch Training

  • Basics of Reading Tabs and Playing the Guitar

  • Technique – Accuracy, speed, stamina, coordination, dynamics, fluidity and efficiency of motion

  • Memory Building

  • Learning Parts of a Guitar

  • Finger, Frets, and Strings

  • String Names

  • Tuning a Guitar, 

  • Melodies and Chord Progressions

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Voice Lessons 

  • Posture 

  • Introduction to Ear and Pitch Training

  • Solfege

  • Sight-Reading Basics

  • Music Literacy – Reading and sight-reading of music notation, rhythm, dynamics

  • Expression

  • Breathing Techniques 

  • Memory Building

  • Repertoire – Songs necessary to advance as a musician. Piano and Voice curriculum includes classical repertoire

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Drums  Lessons 

  • Posture & Coordination Development

  • Introduction to Ear and Rhythm Training

  • Sight-Reading Basics

  • Basics of Reading

  • Technique – Accuracy, speed, stamina, coordination, dynamics, fluidity and efficiency of motion

  • Memory Building

  • Assembly of Drum Set (Percussion Instrument)

  • Grip

  • Stroke

  • Dynamics

  • Basic Stroke Rolls

  • Beat Logic, Tempo, Syncopated Rhythms 

Record Player

Stage Presence 

  • Posture & Coordination Development

  • Building, Character, Confidence, Purpose 

  • Situational awareness 

  • Analyzing Crowd Motivation

  • Vocal Energy (Clear Speech 

  • Preparing for Performace 

Music Production

  • Introduction to music production and studio signal flow

  • Basic Recording Techniques

  • Basic Mixing Techniques

  • Begin to understand the vast science of sound. 

  • Acquiring a foundation in electronic composition. Common methods of digital music composition. Methods of composition and advantages and limitations of each. Use tools to create original works. Understand the various methods of composition and arranging in use in current popular music. Use electronic composition and arranging tools selectively to create original musical works.

  • Articulate how technology is used in the production of music. Explain how technology aids in live music performance: the synthesizer & other MIDI controllers.

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