Spotlight On Music, Grade 6

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

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Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Explore and build foundational musical skills with Spotlight on Music from McGraw-Hill. This course offers a variety of learning activities that include singing, dancing, virtual instruments, listening maps, authentic sound recordings and playing the recorder. Six units in the course are organized into four sections: Spotlight on Concepts, Spotlight on Music Reading, Spotlight on Performance, and Spotlight on Celebrations. Students learn about these musical elements: duration, pitch, design, tone color, expressive qualities and cultural context. Students explore beat, meter, rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, texture, form, tone color, dynamics, tempo, articulation, style, and music background.

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Course Outline

Unit 1

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 2/2, 4/4, 6/8, 2/4, cut time
  • Rhythm – rhythmic patterns in 4/4, syncopation, Latin rhythms and Egyptian rhythms, eighth note, quarter note, half note, eighth rest, and quarter note patterns, ties, eighth notes, quarter note, and quarter rest patterns, 6/8 triplets, dotted quarter note, and dotted quarter rest patterns
  • Melody – Japanese five-pitch scale, melodic contour, step, skip, leap, repeated pitch
  • Harmony
  • Tonality – pentatonic
  • Texture – drum conversations, drum circles
  • Form/Structure – ABA
  • Tone Color – Taiko, resonator bells, jug band, prepared piano, Egyptian percussion, steel drums, koto
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo – upbeat tempo
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background – Caribbean, sea chantey, spiritual, Japanese folk song, jug-band, Latin, taiko

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Do, re, mi
  • Basic rhythms
  • Low so, low la
  • Sixteenth note rhythms
  • Read and compose a pentatonic melody with high mi, re, do

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Hispanic Heritage Month

Unit 2

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 2/2, 3/4, 4/4, 2/4
  • Rhythm – eighth notes, quarter rest, and quarter note patterns, sixteenth notes, quarter note, quarter rest, and half note patterns
  • Melody – solfege, bass clef, intonation, intervals
  • Harmony – modulation, parallel lines, consonance, dissonance, chord progression
  • Tonality – diatonic scale in C major, thirds in major and minor keys
  • Texture – unison singing, two-part singing, three-part singing, four-part singing, descant, canon singing
  • Form/Structure – canon
  • Tone Color – unison, Chinese, Czech, barbershop choral pieces, choir, timbre, mouth music, clarinet, bluegrass instruments
  • Dynamics – p, f, ff, dim.
  • Tempo
  • Articulation – solfège, enunciation
  • Style/Background – spiritual, operetta, open, barbershop, Chilean, Yiddish, miner’s song or work song, bluegrass song, music from England, Angola, France, Indonesia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, South Africa, U.S.A.

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Conduct songs in 3/4
  • Canon
  • Sixteenth note rhythms
  • Fa
  • Ti

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Hmong New Year
  • Diwali

Unit 3

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 4/4, 2/4, unmetered, cut time 3/4
  • Rhythm – syncopation, body percussion, sixteenths, eighth note and dotted quarter note pairs
  • Melody – dorian scale, half step, whole step, pitch fall off
  • Harmony
  • Tonality – major scale, F major, E-flat major, C major, G major, B-flat major, Dorian mode
  • Texture - canon
  • Form/Structure – rondo, round, canon, verse/refrain
  • Tone Color – body percussion, renaissance instruments, drum orchestra
  • Dynamics – f, ff
  • Tempo
  • Articulation – grace notes
  • Style/Background – swing, hand-jive, stone-passing game, stick game, square dance, country line dancing, English renaissance dance, pavane, circle dance, clogging pattern, ragtime, music from Polynesia, Mexico, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Native American cultures, Israel

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Major scale
  • Canon
  • Dotted quarter-eighth note rhythms
  • Ostinato
  • Syncopated rhythms

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Loy Krathong
  • Seasonal Songs
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas
  • Kwanzaa

Unit 4

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 4/4, 6/8, 3/4, 2/4, cut time
  • Rhythm – various rhythmic patterns in 6/8
  • Melody – major melody, minor melody, dorian melody, Japanese five-pitch scale, ledger lines, G A B C D E F# G
  • Harmony – chord, triad, E, Am, Em, G, D chords, descant, root, bass
  • Tonality – major, minor, D dorian, D major, G major scale, C minor, A minor, C major
  • Texture – two part, poem accompaniment
  • Form/Structure – gigue
  • Tone Color – piano, guitar, kokiriko, difference between two performances of same piece, families of instruments, harpsichord, accordion, string bass, saxophone
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Articulation – slur
  • Style/Background – composers, piano, gigue, boat song, lumber camp song, guitar, bluegrass, miners’ song, army song, movie song, opera overture, jazz, music from U.S.A., Germany, Japan, Caribbean

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • 6/8
  • La pentatonic

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Unit 5

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, 5/4 cut time
  • Rhythm – syncopation, various rhythm patterns in 6/8
  • Melody – countermelody, transpose
  • Harmony – chord roots, primary chords, tonic, subdominant, dominant, I IV V, 16-bar blues chord progression
  • Tonality – B-flat major, F major, E-flat major, C major, D major, key
  • Texture - canon
  • Form/Structure – AABA, 16-bar blues chord progression, ABACA, verse/refrain, coda
  • Tone Color – klezmer, clarinet, Brazilian instruments, soprano, piano, orchestra
  • Dynamics - fff
  • Tempo
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background – composers, swing, musical, lullaby, klezmer, samba, opera, blues, boogie woogie, orchestral, music from Newfoundland, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, Muscogee culture

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • F-major chord roots
  • Improvise syncopated rhythms
  • I, IV, and V in F major

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Noruz
  • Seasonal Songs
  • Shavuot

Unit 6

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – cut time, alla breve, shifting meter, irregular meter, 7/8, 3/4, 5/4
  • Rhythm – eighth note, quarter note, sixteenth note and quarter rest patterns
  • Melody – re pentatonic melody
  • Harmony
  • Tonality – tonic, dorian and mixolydian modes, F major, G major, re pentatonic, E major
  • Texture – partner songs
  • Form/Structure – aria
  • Tone Color – bhangra, orchestra, rock and roll band
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Articulation – accent, slur, staccato
  • Style/Background – composers, Broadway musical, ballad, Greek dance, opera, symphonic poem, early rock song, bhangra, music from England, Greece, Panama, Czech, Republic, Russia, Turkey, India

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Minor
  • Sixteenth note combinations
  • i and V
  • 3/2
  • 5/4

Section 3 Spotlight on Music Performance

  • Sing with clear articulation, expression, tall vowels, and dynamic contrasts
  • Syncopated rhythm
  • Latin
  • Canon

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Earth Day
  • Powwow
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Number of Lessons and Scheduling

One Academic Year

Description:

Total Lessons: 72

40 Minutes

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling