By Jessica Koppe
In this unit, students will get an introduction to reading music at the middle school level in choir. This unit is theory intensive and meant to help students strengthen their basic music reading skills to provide a strong foundation for the ensemble and its ability to do more difficult music. This unit is not preparing students for a concert, so it may need to be spread out depending on the school’s needs and required performances. Activities are meant to keep students engaged in theory. By the end of the unit, students will be able to sing a major scale using solfege and Curwin hand-signs; as well as identify and explain select symbols and vocabulary relating to pitch and rhythm, sight-read, notate, create, and evaluate select musical passages. We will cover sixteenth, eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes and rests. We also introduce the staff, letter names, and step-wise motion in the Key of C Major. Students will get some basic understanding for reading music and have a better understanding of why the skill is useful.
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