Lesson Plans
Life Music 7-8 2nd Q 09.10 Lesson Plans
Week: 11/30/2009 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
Announcements: We had some very brave and yet confident young people venture into new territory at our concert last week. Our composers with their ensemble members were successful in presenting their songs! We will make some adjustments in our guitars/folksongs presentations for the next concert but for the most part we felt 'mission accomplished' on this inaugeral concert.
Goals this Quarter:1. All students will be required to satisfactorily play their first composition from quarter one. 2.We will concentrate on three chords for guitar: C, G, F. We will also use the guitar to demonstrate and understand the structure of a major scale. Also we we delve into some basic strumming patterns.3. With keyboard skills we will continue in the key of C but move into a little harder music; some of the same folksongs for singing/guitars we will use for keyboard playing. We will expand our rhythms repertoire, and place more emphasis on chord playing in the left hand.
Creativity: All students will write another song. Some students are ready to move a little faster. Students with guitar interest will be encouraged to create a piece for this instrument. We will work to learn what it means to improvise. All students will be assigned to a small group for these purposes.
This Week: Major scales on guitar strings. G major chord.Bass clef chord writing/broken chords. 2 new folksongs for singing, accompanying, and playing on piano. Bass clef writing. New drum rhythms. Hand out composing paper for students who are ready to start their second piece. Those who have not completed playing their first piece will work on it this week to accomplish proficiency.
In the Development Phase: Mrs. Klasse and I will start differentiating the keyboard instruction for students ready to get a bit more complicated.The emphasis will remain in the key of C while working on fingerings and adding chords in the left hand. With guitars we will survey the students and see if there are some who want to begin learning separate notes on individual strings