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General Music 3rd -6th

Grades 3 - 6
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Course Schedule
Class Follows K-6 Annual Schedule
Dates: 2023-08-22 to 2024-04-04
Tuition: $230 / Annual
Supplies: $0
Expectations and Homework
Class Supplies Needed
1 pencil
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About the Course
General Music 3rd -6th

I love music! Music is a powerful force, a universal language that crosses all cultural barriers. General music can be enjoyed by any student of any age and both jumpstarts and enhances private music lessons.  Even though I am a piano teacher, I think general music is the best way to introduce children to music. Plus, the study of music has been shown to improve overall learning and test scores. Music education inspires creativity, and teaches children to listen well, as well as work as a team. It provides outlets for expressing our deepest emotions. Most amazingly, God asks us to use music to worship Him! Come join us as we learn music by doing music!

This class can be repeated, as the content and focus is different each year. While this class is geared for 4th-6th graders, advanced 3rd graders who take private piano may prefer to enroll in this class.

The 3rd-6th general music class will teach children the language of music through many activities such as handclap chants, percussion accompaniments, boomwhacker songs, resonator bell harmonies, rhythm stick routines, scarves, folk dances, all kinds of games, solfege reading, dictation, singing, listening, and moving.

In the class, students will:
Identify, clap, and play advanced rhythms.

Learn to sing in harmony with ostinatos and rounds.

Sing solfege patterns and do dictation with those pitches.

Sing foundational folk songs, including singing games and folk dances.

Learn and use music vocabulary

Listen to well-known pieces of music and identify most orchestral instruments by sight and sound.

Identify the orchestral families and instruments that belong to each family

Practice playing rhythm instruments and resonator bells.

Create rhythm compositions and write new words to songs.

Play theory games like Build a Measure, 3/4 4/4 Bucket Race, Note Name Twister, Rhythm Swat, and Over the Edge.


Come join us!

Debbie Griffin


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About Debbie

Hi! I'm Debbie Griffin and I love all things music! I graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in K-12 Music Education with a focus on general music, choral music, and piano pedagogy. I also did post-graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I met my husband Rick, who is a pastor. I've taught music in various capacities over the years, including piano, voice, general music and choirs in public and private schools, and I've directed both school and church productions. I really enjoy accompanying and assisting with worship. I'm a 25-year veteran homeschool mom of five children, all of whom have graduated, so I cheer on all of you homeschool moms!

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