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Music

Music Room: Mr. Sparrow Bio

The Diocesan music curriculum encourages students of all ages to explore many different areas of music. Here are some of the topics that I will be teaching to each grade this year:

  • Performance techniques and proper behavior
  • Developing personal connection to, and creation of, music
  • Music theory and the foundations of Western music
  • Familiarity with the instruments and history of the orchestra
  • Aural analysis of different genres of music
  • Investigation of other music cultures around the world
  • Cross-curricular connections between music and other subjects
  • Understanding the role of music in society and in the liturgy

Kindergarten ~ 2nd

3rd ~ 5th

 

 

Middle School

FIRST TRIMESTER: 7TH GRADE
 

PRESENTATION PROJECT: EXPLORE YOUR MUSIC CULTURE

For each unique culture in this world, there is a unique musical tradition that goes along with it. For this project, choose one culture from among your own heritage, research the folk music of that culture, and create a PowerPoint presentation that contains the following information:

  • Characteristics of the musical sound – volume, tempo, general mood, etc.
  • List of instruments used in this music
    • Please include pictures and brief descriptions of any instruments that are not also found in Western music
  • One way in which this music is similar to Western music – similar instrument, performance techniques, concert etiquette, etc.
  • What purpose(s) do(es) the music serve in this culture?
  • Video or sound recording of music being played

* * * This project is due on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24! * * *

GROUP COMPOSITION PROJECT

Working together in your assigned groups, you will be composing a four-part arrangement of the Prayer of St. Cecilia. Your composition MUST…

  • Contain all seven diatonic triads at least once each
  • Feature all four cadences at least once each
  • Follow all rules of part-writing that you have learned in class

* * * These projects are due on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12! * * *

 

The text of the Prayer of St. Cecilia is below, for reference:

 

At once in our hearts and tongues, We offer double prayer

Sent heavenward on winged notes To praise God dwelling there.

While in our hearts and tongues we try With song to praise God twice,

We ask, dear Saint, that we may be United close to Christ!

MUSIC ANALYSIS ESSAY

A lot more goes into songwriting than many people realize. The point of this essay is to encourage you to listen deeply to and think critically about your favorite songs, especially the parts of them that you wouldn’t notice from a casual listen. Pick a song (any song you like), listen to it CAREFULLY (as many times as you need), and write a 1-2 page double-spaced essay about it. Your essay MUST contain the following:

  • At least five musical terms, used correctly and analytically!
  • Identify which, if any, orchestral instruments you hear in the song.
  • Listen to music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. Identify which period the song you chose is most similar to, and explain why.
  • Discuss some aspect of the song (a harmonic element, a fragment of melody, a cool envelope or rhythm, or just about anything else!) that you never noticed in that song before.

* * * This essay is due on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26! * * *

 

SECOND TRIMESTER: 6TH GRADE

MUSIC ANALYSIS ESSAY

A lot more goes into songwriting than many people realize. The point of this essay is to encourage you to listen deeply to and think critically about your favorite songs, especially the parts of them that you wouldn’t notice from a casual listen. Pick a song (any song you like), listen to it CAREFULLY (as many times as you need), and write a 1-2 page double-spaced essay about it. Your essay MUST contain the following:

  • At least five musical terms, used correctly and analytically!
  • Identify which, if any, orchestral instruments you hear in the song.
  • Listen to music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. Identify which period the song you chose is most similar to, and explain why.
  • Discuss some aspect of the song (a harmonic element, a fragment of melody, a cool envelope or rhythm, or just about anything else!) that you never noticed in that song before.

* * * This essay is due on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19!!! * * *

Choir


The OLGC Student Choir is open to all students grades 1-8. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 3-4 PM; the choir is responsible for singing the music at our weekly Wednesday Masses, and cantors are selected each week from this group. For more information contact Michael Sparrow, the music teacher, at msparrow@olgcschool.org