- October 9, 2017 at 8:12 PM #37930
We are looking for music curriculum options, especially for higher elementary and high school students. We would like to give our music teacher some structure for his classes. Ideally there would be a working scope of items to cover in various grades, ideas for practical use (sight singing, ear training, vocal technique, rudiments, etc.) and also some worksheet work to help anchor what is being taught (and could maybe be used as homework). Work with shaped notes and round notes would be nice. Currently, we use With Glad Voices in the younger grades but our older classes are rather haphazard in teaching actual rudiments. What are you using?
- October 12, 2017 at 7:57 AM #37984
We use Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory in junior high and high school. Lessons are brief but the curriculum provides an outline and guide of music theory fundamentals. It also includes some ear training practice. Teachers have pulled in other resources to enhance and expand the lessons such as Kodály based materials, a variety of listening resources and Visual Solfeg by Russel C. Nelson for sight reading.
- October 12, 2017 at 3:37 PM #38003
I have no experience with it, but our music teacher uses the Master Theory Series from Neil A. Kjos.
- July 26, 2018 at 4:05 PM #50699
I’ve been working on some of this same thing this summer, Carolyn, and am very interested to know what progress you’ve made, and if you have a new plan for this year???
- July 30, 2018 at 8:16 PM #50740
Progress is slow to almost non-existent. However, we have new music teachers for this coming year and they have a few ideas up their sleeves.
The plan is to use the Master Theory Series (Neil A. Kjos) in high school. The incoming music teacher has used that in previous situations outside our school. So, it is new to us but not new to the teacher.
A different person is teaching grades 3-8 and we are still working on this. She has taught music in another area and used a scope and sequence she put together herself with the help of another teacher. She is hoping to be able to use some of that but would possibly like to supplement with more material. So, we are still looking at options in these grade levels.
- August 1, 2018 at 10:34 PM #50742
One thing you should look at is a music reader that EMP published in 2016. Someone recommended it to me at CASBI earlier this year, and I recently laid hands on a copy. It’s shaped note — would be great if they would also offer a round-note edition. (Maybe if they get enough requests, they would!) I’m still struggling to get my own act together for middle grades music this year, but I’m thinking I might use that book as part of my approach. There’s a section each on scale practice, timing, part singing, and song leading. It looks like the kind of content I’m interested in focusing on. (I just can’t see drilling my class on which side of the notehead the stem is on, and precisely how long the stem should be, etc. etc.) It’s a reader, not a workbook, so I’m still looking to maybe pair it with something else (hopefully something round-note to have my students comfortable with both approaches). It does give permission to copy from the book for classroom settings, which is very handy. Anyway, for what it’s worth! (And since I noticed it’s a fairly recent publication, thought I would advertise for them! https://www.milestonebooks.com/item/7-6357/ )
Also, for what it’s worth, I’ve been thinking some about collaboration. Would there be interest out there in working together with a team to get a music curriculum written that is the “perfect thing we’re all looking for” ?? And especially to address the middle-grades need?
- August 7, 2018 at 9:48 PM #51102
I see I failed to give the title of the music reader in the previous entry. Praise and Practice Christian Music Reader is the full title. I found another place to order them is on gospelpublishers.com.
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