grade 8

gr 8 final mb Converted


The major goal of this class is to foster an understanding, appreciation and a love for music.  Units of study include Current Arts, RhythmWrite, MelodyWrite, Video Music Presentations and Multi-Media Presentations. 

This class adheres to The Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks.  By the end of the year, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of seven core elements of music:  rhythm, melody, expression, form and design, community and self, history and culture, and technology. 

Teacher-directed lessons, visual project descriptions, independent work, and group creation are some of the methods of instruction.  Multi-media materials such as video, digital music, and computer displays are used as instructional materials.  Software used includes GarageBand, IMovie, IPhoto, Photoshop, Quicktime and Motion.  

Homework in this class includes a 3-5 minute original video created, scripted and filmed by the students for their Multi-Media project .  Students have written, oral presentation, rhythmic dictation and melodic dictation assessments.