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Genre of the Month

In the 2017-2018 school year, students will be studying a different genre of music each month. As we critically listen to different pieces in a genre, students will focus on identifying a variety of musical elements, including:

  • Instrumentation: Which instruments do I hear?
  • Beat: Where is the beat? What meter do I hear?
  • Rhythm: What rhythm patterns do I hear? Do any patterns repeat?
  • Melody: How do the notes move? Which direction are they going?
  • Harmony: Do I hear more than one note at a time?
  • Form: How is the song organized? Do any parts repeat?
  • Dynamics: Is the music soft or loud? Do I hear any changes in volume?
  • Tempo: Is the music fast or slow? Does the speed change during the song?
  • Mood: How does the music make me feel?

Listening of the Week

(*links to YouTube)


Hold On





Previous February Listenings


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 

Wade in the Water


February Genre of the Month






Previous Genre Listenings

(links to YouTube)



January: Musicals


from Mary Poppins


It's a Hard Knock Life

from Annie


Circle of Life 

from The Lion King


Do, Re, Mi

from the Sound of Music




December: Holiday

I Saw Three Ships

Deck the Hall(s)

Sleigh Ride



November: A Capella

Barbershop Quartet How-To Guide

El Grillo (The Cricket) 

Pentatonix Counts (& Sings) to Five




October: Bluegrass

Pig in a Pen 

Salty Dog Blues

Uncle Pen

Fiddle Medley



September: Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald Explains "What is Jazz?"

What is Improvisation? 

Take the A Train

Three Little Bops




August: Pop

"Brave" by Sara Bareilles

"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey