An effective music curriculum will:

  1. Help students learn and develop the essential skills and meet technical demands unique to music.
  2. Instruct students how to use music to express ideas and to give glory to God.
  3. Integrate understanding of music by seeking connections with other content areas.
  4. Help students demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of the creative process.
  5. Teach students to observe, discuss, analyze and make critical judgments about musical.
  6. Create an increased awareness of diverse peoples and cultures through music.
  7. Give students the tools to demonstrate knowledge about how technology and invention have historically influenced musicians and offered new possibilities for expression.
  8. Aid students in contributing to communities by sharing expertise in music and by participating in the activities of church, school, and the community at large.

Music Broad Goals

From a Christ-Centered Perspective, students will:

  1. Sing and play instruments with appropriate techniques while maintaining a steady beat.
  2. Identify timbre (tone quality) of various families of instruments.
  3. Acquire beat and rhythmic competency skills.
  4. Identify basic musical notation and symbols.
  5. Understand how music expresses ideas.
  6. Identify terms common to music
  7. Explore connections between the elements of music and other content areas.
  8. Develop musical accompaniments related to other art forms or content areas.
  9. Identify how music can support and enhance other disciplines.
  10. Understand why music is created and how it is used.
  11. Understand how music is created.
  12. Identify simple music forms when presented aurally.
  13. Identify the sounds of more familiar instruments, as well as treble and bass voices.
  14. Use appropriate terminology to discuss responses and reactions to particular musical works.
  15. Show increased awareness of diverse peoples and cultures through visual and performing arts.
  16. Understand how various instruments have evolved.
  17. Use appropriate music technology.
  18. Model appropriate audience behavior at live concert performances.
  19. Participate in appropriate school programs.
  20. Give glory to God through song and instrumental music.

Music Texts and Resources:

  1. Music and You, McMillan McGraw-Hill, 1991.
  2. All God’s People Sing-song book and CD.
  3. Smart Board Program-Instruments and Sounds.
  4. Belwin Beginning Band, Alfred Publishing Company, 2007
  5. Yamaha Band Student, Alfred Publishing Company, 1988
  6. Standard of Excellence-Comprehensive Band Method, Kjos Music, 1993
  7. Library of Choral Music and Musicals.
  8. DVD collection of classic musicals.
  9. DVD-Ken Burns “Jazz”.
  10. Collection of classic and contemporary music CDs.