Welcome to 8th Grade Music at MCCPS!
The 8th graders did a great job with the ukulele unit and the piano unit. They will be starting the Exhibition project soon, which will be attached to their portfolio. Come listen at Exhibition, which is March 14th from 6-8pm.
In 8th grade music we cover the state standards which include Composing/Improvisation, Singing, Playing Instruments, Critical Response, and Reading Music/Music Notation.
Although subject to change, due to integration and based off meetings with teachers, these units are typically covered in 8th grade:
Ukulele Unit: reading, playing, analyzing and creating chord progressions. Students compose and sing songs in groups and learn strumming patterns.
Piano Unit: reading piano music and various levels and genres based off previous knowledge.
Music History: review of the past, then diving into the Impressionistic and Contemporary periods of music, including music from 1900-now. This includes listening activities and writing (usually through google classroom and docs)
Soundtrap: arranging music electronically
Graduation Songs: singing a variety of songs and performing at Exhibition and Graduation.
8th Grade Music meets twice a week with opportunities for extra music classes. There are many opportunities for extra music classes here in addition to the general 45 minute blocks twice a week. This is in addition to guitar, percussion, musicals and more. Below are a few options for you:
The MCCPS Chorus meets Mondays and Fridays from 7:30-8:15am in the music room under the direction of Adria Smith. Chorus members are expected to practice, attend rehearsals, and perform at the concerts, including the Six Flags Trip in June. Classes will start Sep. 15th and will remain open for enrollment for during first term. This is optional and no extra charge, except the field trip.
The MCCPS Strings meets Wednesdays from 7:30-8:15am in the music room under the direction of Ashley Offret. Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org Advanced Strings will meet during Monday enrichment. Strings instruments include viola, violin, cello, and bass. For rentals contact email@example.com
The MCCPS Honors Band meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-8:15am in the music room under the direction of Adria Smith. Honors Band members are expected to practice, attend rehearsals, and perform at the concerts, including the Six Flags Trip. Classes will start Sep. 5th and will remain open for enrollment for during first term. This is optional and no extra charge except the field trip. Step-up instruments (better quality) are encouraged. Concert band instruments include: oboe, flute, alto saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, French horn, and drums. Drummers need drumsticks at every rehearsal and concert (no need to bring the drums to school). Clarinet and saxophone players will need #2 or #2 1/2 reeds.
Advanced Jazz Band meets Friday enrichment and requires improvisation.
Rentals can be arranged online at www.musicarts.com or www.NeedhamMusic.com and the instruments will be delivered and returned through the school. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. Concert dates are January 17th and June 13th. Feel free to contact me with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Sincerely, Mrs. Adria Smith MCCPS Music Director