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General Music

General Music is a quarter rotation class taken by all 6th graders. This is the last "general music" class the students take, as the music department's General Music Curriculum spans over K-6 grades. After this class, students may elect to take Guitar and/or Music Technology in 7th and 8th grade besides Choir and Band.

Each of the topics covered in 6th Grade General Music require a project worth 100 points each where the students must prepare, create, rehearse, and perform. They must also evaluate themselves and their peers, and are expected to work diligently during independent work time in class. 


  • Traditional Rhythm Counting​

    • Types of Rhythm

      • Reviewing quarter notes/rests, half notes/rests, whole notes/rests

      • Reviewing & learning new eighth note and sixteenth note figures

      • Reviewing dotted notes 

    • Analyzing music for rhythmic figures

    • Body Percussion Rhythm Compositions (Rubric)

  • Melody

    • Note Naming​

    • Scales & Solfege (Do-Re-Mi)

    • Melodic Intervals

    • Notable/memorable melodies

    • Melody Compositions (Rubric)

      • Both in written & digital form, using NoteFlight​

    • Performing melodies on Ukulele

  • Harmony

    • Beginning Roman Numeral Analysis (I, IV, V, V7)

    • Chords (C, F, G and G7)

    • Performing chords on Ukulele

    • Musical Textures (Monophony, Homophony, Polyphony)

    • 4-Chord Pop Song Performance using any progression of I, IV, V and vi (Rubric)

  • Digital Music

    • Creating digital music through SoundTrap (Rubric)

      • Using the loops library​

      • Making an original soundtrack

During this independent work time, you are expected to focus on each project. Most projects will have the option to work alone or with a partner. In pairs, students are equally expected to contribute to the project.


Each week, students will be graded on their participation and behavior in class. This amounts to 25 points per week, 5 points per day. These points do not count against a student if he or she is absent for the day.

Most assignments will count for 10-20 points, varying on their length. Each project is worth 100 points (each of the digital soundtracks are 50 points each). This is due to the amount of independent time given to work in class. Grades are not weighted in this course, and the Oak Prairie grading scale is used. Almost all work will be completed in class with a rare assignment needing to be finished at home. Late work is accepted for partial credit, and that will depend on the number of days past due it is submitted.

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