Music Year 7

Unit 1

Significant concept:

We use basic elements and principles to record the world around us and realize new possibilities

Unit Question: How do musicians use the basic elements and principles of sound to create music?

AOI: Human Ingenuity

ATL: Information Literacy & Thinking


Follow these link to some website about the elements and principal os music:


September 5, 2012

The following link is quite long but you can review the sections for each of our lessons. Today’s lesson was on Rhythm. Please review pages 2-14 in the slide show featured.

A hemiola passage from West side Story; 1 – 2 -1- 2 – 3 -1 – 2 – 1 – 2 – 3

September 12, 2012

Our next lesson is concerned with tonality, pages 15-29 in the “Exploring the elements of music” slide show above.

October 10, 2012

Before our break we took a listen to some ideas about Melody. Now, let’s ask the question, what is Harmony and what styles of harmony exist?

Going back to our slide show (and sorry it’s not accessible to you at home) we can learn quite a bit about harmony. Harmony is the most exotic of the elements and has the sense that its magical or other worldly. we will watch a wonderful video that will shed some light on this really cool basic element of music.

Harmonic experiences can be had from all forms of music. the Gamelan Orchestras of Java and Indonesia create harmony with different pitched bars.

Where as the Jazz Vocal Group “Manhattan Transfer” create rich jazz harmonies with their voices.


Unit 2

Significant concept:

We experiment and explore to discover new knowledge and understand things more deeply

Unit Question: How do musicians discover and incorporate new sounds and styles?

AOI: Health & Social Ed.

ATL: Communication & Information Literacy


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