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Our mission is to provide a family atmosphere which will allow members of our community to learn to their utmost potential, in a warm, supportive environment. We, the unified Heuvelton community, are dedicated to developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for our students to be successful, contributing members of our society.
Middle School Music
Instructor: Mrs. Lutters   
All middle schoolers attend music class.  5th and 6th graders visit once per six day cycle while 7th and 8th graders visit every other day for half of the school year.  The focus of middle school music is the practical application of the skills learned in elementary music and preparation as musicians and music consumers in high school and in adulthood.  Middle schoolers learn to listen actively, sing, move, play instruments, improvise, read and write music.  5th and 6th grade classrooms present two concerts per year.
Files
 MLT Rhythm Patterns, Tonal Patterns & Tunes
Train your ears by echoing, decoding, and improvising with these tracks!
 Recorder Karate
5th Graders participate in the Recorder Karate program - this folder holds fingering charts and sound files to help you practice and earn your Recorder Karate Black Belt!
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8th Grade Music
8th Grade Music is all about "functional instruments" such as drums, piano, and guitar and utilizing them to continue study of pitch, rhythm, reading, writing, and improvisation. Students will also learn about careers in music and life applications of music through their study of "Media Music". In this unit, students will explore the relationship between music and movies, television, commercial advertising, and video games. The Media Music Unit ends with a project in which students compose their own music and foley (sound effects) for a video clip. 8th graders will end their time in music with the "Music of the U.S.A." unit which is a study of popular music of the 1920's until today. Students will discuss the progression of style, social function, as well as reflect on the concept "music is a reflection of the times".

This is a lot to accomplish in our ten week course. Here's how it breaks down:

Weeks 1 & 2: African Drumming & Rhythm Improvisation
Weeks 3 & 4: Media Music & Composition Project
Weeks 5 & 6: Piano & Jazz Improvisation
Weeks 7 & 8: Guitar & Chordal Accompaniment/Improvisation
Weeks 9 & 10: Music of the U.S.A.

There will be no materials or homework necessary in 8th grade music.

Grading will be based on goals set by both the students and teacher for skills taught and practiced throughout the course. Each goal will relate to a grading rubric or (rarely) another point system. Typically, goals are graded as:

4 (100%) = Exceeds the goal
3 (90%) = Meets the goal
2 (80%) = Makes progress towards the goal
1 (70%) = Makes no progress towards the goal


On the rare occasion that a student chooses to make no effort toward a goal, they will receive a grade of 0 or (60%). This is still a failing grade, but not enough to disproportionately skew the student's average. All grades will be averaged equally to result in the final grade.

Goals may be different for each student out of respect for learning style, learning pace, prior music experience, and sometimes interest! For example, a student who has been studying piano outside of school for five years will be expected to set a more advanced goal than a beginner who may find their greatest success is mastering the basics. Every learning style is respected and celebrated as long as students are willing to step outside their comfort zone and try something new!

Students will be trained in basic classroom procedures periodically throughout our time together and all students receive a Code of Conduct at the beginning of the school year which outlines the school rules. Occasionally students may need reminding of rules and procedures which will be handled on an individual basis. Parent communication and support will be essential to maintaining a successful learning environment.

Please contact me with questions or concerns!

Kari Lutters
344-2414 x 3113
klutters@heuvelton.k12.ny.us

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