Kenmore Middle School 6th Grade Course Offerings

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SHOWTIME, Full Year(11402) ShowTime meets every day for the entire school year. It is designed specifically for students who already know that their elective interest is in the arts. With a year-long combination experience in Chorus and Drama, this course gives students a professional production of an arts integrated experience. Each semester ShowTime students will have their work showcased in at least one performance. ShowTime is taught with an emphasis on teamwork. Throughout the year students will work on improving their skill level in each discipline area,while at the same time developing students’ comfort level in a group effort setting.
Exploratory Rotation/Wheel (19000) Students take approximately 5 weeks of each course in a rotation and will include some of the following elective courses: Chorus,Art, Keyboarding, Tech ED, Family Consumer Science, Theater Arts, Journalism and World Language

1 full year  Beginning Band (19232) Students will demonstrate proper care and holding position for a musical instrument/  Demonstrate correct playing technique to produce a characteristic sound/Understand the basics of reading music and corresponding musical interpretation for accurate performance of pitch, rhythm, time signature, key signature, tempo, and expressive markings / Develop the skill to play a range of one octave or beginning rudiments (percussion) and use these skills as a member of the ensemble /Develop the ability to tune the instrument using a tuner / Create simple rhythmic or melodic improvisations, 1to 2 measures in length /Play ensemble music with a steady beat using a metronome and in response to conducting gestures / Demonstrate learning through appropriate performances and presentations

1 full year  Intermediate Band (19201) Students will enter with the skill set established in Beginning Band Understand and respond to music notation, including articulations, compound meters, even subdivisions and key signatures with several accidentals / Develop the skill to play a range of one and half octaves and basic rudiments (percussion), demonstrating these skills as a member of the ensemble /Develop the ability to tune the instrument by ear/ Create rhythmic or melodic improvisations, 2-4 measures in length/Respond to conducting gestures involving changes of tempo, articulation, and style/ Demonstrate learning through performances and presentations of Grade I literature, including solo performance as appropriate /Sight Read two grade levels below concert literature

1 full year  Beginning Orchestra  (19237) Students will demonstrate proper care and holding position for a musical instrument and bow / Demonstrate correct playing technique to produce a characteristic sound, including pizzicato and basic bowing techniques / Understand the basics of reading music and their corresponding musical interpretation for accurate performance of pitch, rhythm, time signature, key signature, tempo, and expressive markings /Develop the skill to play a range of one octave (first position) and double stops on open strings and use these skills as a member of the ensemble /Develop the ability to tune the instrument using a tuner / Create simple rhythmic or melodic improvisations, 1 to 2 measures in length / Play with a steady beat using a metronome and in response to conducting gestures 18/ Demonstrate learning through appropriate performances and presentations

1 full year  Intermediate Orchestra  (19242) Students will enter with the skill set established in Beginning Orchestra/ Understand and respond to music notation, including articulations of various bowings, compound meters, even subdivisions and key signatures with two sharps / Develop the skill to play a range of one and half octaves, using extensions and regulating bow weight, speed and contact; demonstrate these skills as a member of the ensemble/ Develop the ability to tune the instrument by ear /Create rhythmic or melodic improvisations, 2-4 measures in length /Respond to conducting gestures involving changes of tempo, articulation, and style /Demonstrate learning through performances and presentations, including solo performance as appropriate/ Sight Read two grade levels below concert literature

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