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General Music Syllabus

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Jimmy Wingett

on 1 August 2013

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Transcript of General Music Syllabus

Welcome to:

GENERAL MUSIC

Irvington Community Middle School

What do I need for GENERAL MUSIC class?
Every day in GENERAL MUSIC you will need the following items:
How am I graded in GENERAL MUSIC?
What is GENERAL MUSIC?
GENERAL MUSIC is a class that allows for the exploration of music in a non-performance-based setting (i.e. choir or band).
my name is...
MR. WINGETT

What are the classroom expectations and procedures for GENERAL MUSIC?
that's

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not


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Since we'll be spending quite a bit of time together in GENERAL MUSIC class, here are a few tidbits of information about myself:

This is my 5th year teaching altogether, and my 4th year teaching at ICMS
I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we've been together for over 10 years
My favorite color is
ORANGE
!!!
I like music of all genres and styles, but have a preference for what I like to call "real music" (we'll get deeper into conversation about this topic a bit later)
I grew up in northwest Indiana, so I am naturally a Chicago sports fan (the
Cubs
and
Bears
, specifically)
...I could go on for days, but I'll withhold some information so that we can more learn about each other as we venture through our GENERAL MUSIC class

We will cover a wide breadth of topics relating to music in our GENERAL MUSIC class. Everything from how to read and write music, to how to certain instruments work, to the history of music in
Am
eri
ca
.
The overarching class objective for this GENERAL MUSIC class is to give each student an in-depth glimpse into the "
what
", the "
how
", and the "
why
" of music. Through our exploration of music through questioning and discovery, we will be armed with the ability to use music to enrich our own lives and the lives of those around us.
Because, let's be honest,
that's what music is all
about: enriching lives and
fulfilling a void that no other
entity in the universe can.


...which is pretty cool.
However, even though our class is not performance-based, we will still have some performance elements (instrumental and vocal...hooray!) incorporated into our exploration of music. In doing so, we will all have a more well-rounded musical experience.
Each student will work collaboratively
with their classmates to reach a mutual
appreciation
and
understanding
of music in the world. And, please, take note of the word
APPRECIATION
. I am not expecting each and every student to
LIKE
all, or any, of the music we discuss or hear in class, but having an open mind and developing an
APPRECIATION
for music is a crucial part of our musical development.
Some specific topics that may be discussed in GENERAL MUSIC include:

The Elements of Music (i.e. rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, style, etc.)
Instrument Families and Instrument Specifics
Rhythm in Poetry
Music Literacy (reading and writing music)
Music Careers
"Found" Music
...and SEVERAL others!
AGENDA
for keeping track of assignments and daily activities
you should write something in your agenda for this class EVERY DAY
PENCIL
you must have a
PENCIL

for each class
if you'd like to bring a black or blue pen you'll occasionally have the opportunity to use it, but pencil will be our main writing utensil
SPIRAL NOTEBOOK
in this notebook we will take class notes and do journal activities
it can also provide you with scrap paper for entrance/exit slips as well as in-class assignments that need to be turned in
OTHER ITEMS
often you will be asked to bring back certain items for further exploration (i.e. worksheets, packets, books, etc.)
these will be addressed on an as needed basis
Failure to bring any of the previous items to class will result in an ACADEMIC PASSPORT signature.
Your evaluation and grading in GENERAL MUSIC is based on the completion of assignments, homework, projects, and tests. Specifically, the breakdown of your grade is as follows:
Participation
10% of final grade
5 points earned per class
Preparedness (pencil & notebook available)
Positive attitude and contribution to daily activities
Completion of in-class activities
Assignments/Homework
30% of final grade
In-class and homework assignments
Completed and turned in at the BEGINNING of the class period on the due date
Tests/Quizzes
35% of final grade
Will be assessed during and after the study of each unit
Comprised of multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer/constructed response, and essay
Projects/Presentations
25% of final grade
Projects may require collaboration with other students
Rubrics will be created for each project/presentation
Require critical thinking and problem solving
Extra-Credit
Concert Attendance
5 points earned by turning in the program or ticket
Additional 15 points can be earned by writing a 1-page summary/opinion paper about the concert
May be turned in twice per semester for up to a total of 40 extra-credit points
Classroom expectations and procedures are largely guided by the
Irvington Way
...
Be
RESPECTFUL
...
In what ways is it important to be
RESPECTFUL
in GENERAL MUSIC?
Be
RESPONSIBLE
...
In what ways is it important that we are
RESPONSIBLE
in GENERAL MUSIC?
Be
SAFE
...
How is
SAFETY
important in the GENERAL MUSIC classroom?
Be
INVOLVED
...
Why is it important to be
INVOLVED
each day in GENERAL MUSIC?
Be
FOCUSED
...
How can your
FOCUS
improve or degrade your experience in GENERAL MUSIC?
I don't anticipate any issues, but if poor behavior choices are made, the discipline guideline is as follows:

1st Offense - First Verbal Warning
2nd Offense - Final Verbal Warning
3rd Offense - MIR
4th Offense - MIR & Loss of passing period minutes for cool down/discussion
5th Offense - Referral to Mr. Clark (Behavior Coach)
Questions?
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