I am writing new curriculum this week and next. This week I am creating “new” classes for gr. 7 and 8. Gr. 7 will take Music with Ordinary Objects (MWOO) a la STOMP for 12 weeks and Gr. 8 will take Music Technology for 12 weeks. I also need to update my gr. 5 and gr. 6 curriculum this summer but that’s a whole ‘nother deal.
I’m finding myself very comfortable with the prospects of creating gr. 7 curriculum. I am expanding upon work I have done in small units with stomp-like themes. Now I am faced with the pinnacle questions as I teacher. “What do I want them to know?” “How will I know they know it?” “How can they apply what they know?” “How can they transfer what they know?”
So I sit with these as my primary platforms for creating this new curriculum.
- How is music different than noise?
- How can ordinary objects make music?
- How is music organized?
- What character qualities essential to becoming a strong performer? an ensemble member?
- The student will analyze, create, perform, and critique music with ordinary objects.
- The student will enable the character qualities which are essential to be a strong solo and ensemble performer
- The student will be reflective of the musical creation and performance process.
I have also created expectations and procedures for both the course and classroom and now I am mapping out 12 weeks. The penultimate being a final performance of 7th graders in a MWOO SHOW. (yes, I intended the rhyming)
I, as stated before, am excited and motivated for this work.
But I, the tech geek, am struggling with music technology. I am well versed in web 2.0 and tools to ehance collaboration and communication. But I am not well versed in what one would call “music technology”. Mostly because it is not a keen interest of mine. So this week I must also learn how to use mixing software as part of the work I will complete. Yikes! This is a more daunting task, which is why it is pushed to the “Wednesday” burner.
So, I open up this post to you, dear reader. Any ideas for my gr. 8 class? Please let me know, I’m definitely looking.