6th Grade Syllabus
Textbook - Making Music
Welcome to General Music Class. (Room 223). Mrs. Marcone. Below is a list of topics that
will be covered, along with materials used and needed for the class. You will also find the
grading categories. Please review this information and maintain this document at the front of
your music binder. Good Luck!
Items Needed for Class:
3 ringed binder with pockets (if you had one last year, you will need to update it.)
Pencils (at all times!)
3 holed notebook paper
Tabbed separators for each subject covered
General Music Topics Covered
Students will enjoy a classroom discussion of the music of the 50s.
Through listening demonstration, we will discover the artists of the Era and the
societal aspects of that time.
Students will then work in pairs to research on artist from the 50s and discover 5 facts
about the era.
Students will present their findings to the class.
Students will learn concepts of the Pentatonic scale.
Rhythm and simple music notation using quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes will be
to the class.
Students will discover the meaning of and how to add an Ostinato, and Bordun
accompaniment to a simple pentatonic melody.
Students will research to find a nursery rhyme and create a composition using the
three forms above.
Students will hand in their completed assignment for a grade.
Keyboarding and Chord Structure
Students will continue their study of keyboarding concepts.
Students will receive a “Music Theory 101” handout to read at home and discuss in
Demonstrations of scale building will take place as well as practice sessions in
Students will demonstrate proper fingering technique for playing eight (8) note scales
for the keys of C and G major.
We will continue to apply the rules for Major scale creation and play five (5) note
scales for the keys of A, E. D.
Students will practice in pairs
Assessment: Students will demonstrate individually their progress in playing the scales
Students will continue their study of the guitar first by reviewing chords learned
E major, e minor, G, C, D, D7, A and a minor.
Students will add new keys of F major, B major, C7, G7, A7.
Students will have class time for practice sessions.
Students will also learn to play several simple songs using 2 or 3 strings of the
Students will discover the technique of “tab” reading. They may download their
favorite song and try to understand the concept of “tabs”. They will receive class
Students will receive individual assessment for their improvement in the
instrument and its concepts.
Create a song ABA form
Record from Piano to GB
Students will access online musical games and those installed on the classroom
computers to improve their skills in note identification and rhythm reading.
Overall grading based on the following categories:
Class Participation(40%) – this includes behavior during class, note taking, listening skills,
and your interest and interaction during discussions. This is the most important grade for this
Notebook(30%) – you will be required to keep an organized notebook displaying your
ability of preparedness. The notebook MUST be present in every class, unless otherwise
instructed. Failure to attain and provide a notebook for this class will result in a reduction of
your grade by one letter. Notebooks are checked randomly throughout the marking period.
Tests(20%) – there will be very few tests in this class. That is why the CP and the Notebook
categories are very important to your grade.
Responsibility(10%) – you will be graded on how well you take care of the equipment and
of your respect for the tools used in the music classroom.
No gum chewing
Find your seat and prepare for lesson in a timely manner
Attentiveness during Instruction Time
Respect for your Classmates
Raise your hand for questions or to comment.
No disorderly conduct.
Please review this form with your parent or guardian and then place it in the front of your
binder for reference.
Good luck in your new music class!
I read and understand the music classroom rules and the syllabus content.
Signed: _____________________ Parent Signature: ____________________________