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    Periods 1 & 2 - Guitar I

     

    Osceola Middle School

    Guitar Class: Course Syllabus

    Instructor Information:

    Mr. Bourne

    Email -scott.bourne@marion.k12.fl.us

    Phone -            352-671-7100

    Course Description:

    Guitar Class provides students an opportunity to explore the fundamentals of guitar performance, reading traditional notation, understanding the musical concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm and form and to develop a deeper appreciation for all styles of music and music as art.

    Curriculum:  

    • Hands-On Training First Year Guitar (2nd year students H.O.T. Second Year Guitar). Cost $21.00 (Books will be available to purchase from school)
    • Supplemental materials provided by instructor and students
    • Ultimate Guitar App for smartphones or tablets

    Materials:

    • Acoustic or Classical Guitar (no electric guitars)
    • Textbook (See above)
    • Medium picks for steel-string guitars only.
    • Pencil for all written assignments and quizzes
    • Notebook paper
    • A guitar tuner (preferably a clip-on tuner).
    • Capo

    Educational Objectives:

    You will: 

    • Learn the application of the music alphabet to the entire fretboard.

    • Learn to read music notation.

    • Memorize basic chord fingerings and chord progressions.

    • Learn several strumming and finger techniques for accompanying songs.

    • Learn, play and perform songs individually, in small groups and as a class.

    • Learn basic skills, terminology, and theoretical principles which will enable you to continue your studies and enhance your enjoyment of playing the guitar in the future.

    Class Requirements:

    • Regular attendance.

    • Bring guitar, book, binder, pencil, paper and all class materials to class each day.

    • An open mind, positive “can do” attitude and a spirit of cooperation.

    • Appropriate and respectful behavior.

    • Home practice as required to master lessons.

    • Responsibility for the proper care and maintenance of the guitar, case and book. Student/parents are responsible for repairs needed beyond normal wear and tear.

    • Attendance/participation in after school concerts or recitals. Appropriate make-up assignments will be required for all excused absences.

    Concert Attire

    • Khaki pants or skirt

    • Osceola music polo

     Grading:

    Study, practice and participation are the essence of this course. The final grade will be based on points earned. Points are earned for the following:

    • 50% Full Participation – Participation in class (One Participation grade will be given per week, based on the standard of 25 points per day to be earned) and all concerts.

    • 40% Playing/Written Exams

      • Students that do not complete their tests by the assigned deadline will be given a grade of “zero”.

    • 10% Homework = Practice/ Practice Records (Practice Records are due every Monday, and grade will be based on students meeting out of school practice requirements)

    Borderline grades may be improved by extra credit options, as requested and assigned

     

    Periods 3 & 4 - Chorus I

     

    Osceola Middle School

    Chorus Syllabus

    INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

    Mr. Bourne

    Email -scott.bourne@marion.k12.fl.us

    Phone -            352-671-7100

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    Students will be introduced to basic music theory, a variety of choral literature, proper vocal technique, and performance opportunities. Concerts are mandatory. Students who have an unexcused absence for a concert will be given a zero. Legitimate, excused absences can be made up on a case by case basis at the director’s discretion.

    COURSE GOALS:  

    • Students will be able to identify and notate the pitches on a grand staff through standard musical notation.

    • Students will be able to accurately count and notate following rhythms: whole note, dotted half note, half note, dotted quarter note, quarter note, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, and their corresponding rest values.

    • Students will be able to apply and recognize the following elements in a choral setting: expression, dynamic contrast, phrasing, tone quality, timbre, major/minor textures, form, articulation, proper vocal technique, balance and blend in a choral context.

    • Students will be able to accurately sing their assigned parts; alone and in a group (two and three part harmonies).

    • Students will be able to name the major key signatures and identify the tonic note.

    • Students will be able to explain and apply the properties of the following time signatures: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8. .

    • Students will participate in multiple performance opportunities and practice proper performance etiquette; both as a performer and as an audience member.

    • Students will work cooperatively, equally, and effectively in groups through projects, performance, and classroom activities.

    • Students will discover connections between the arts and other subject areas through exploration, collaboration, and classroom discussion.

    MATERIALS NEEDED:

    • One section in your binder for chorus – make sure to have loose leaf notebook paper in that section!

    • Pencil

    • 1” black 3 ring binder for music

    CONCERT ATTIRE

    • Khaki pants or skirt

    • Osceola music polo

    GRADING:

    Study, practice and participation are the essence of this course. The final grade will be based on points earned. Points are earned for the following:

    • 50% Full Participation – Class Participation (One Participation grade will be given per week, based on the standard of 25 points per day to be earned), Ocala Christmas Parade and all concerts.

    • 40% Playing/Written Exams

      • Students that do not complete their tests by the assigned deadline will be given a grade of “zero”.

    • 10% Homework = Practice/ Practice Records (Practice Records are due every Monday, and grade will be based on students meeting out of school practice requirements)

     Borderline grades may be improved by extra credit options, as requested and assigned.

     

    Period 5 - Beginning Band

     

    Osceola Middle School

    Beginning Band Syllabus

    Instructor Information:

    Mr. Bourne

    Email -             scott.bourne@marion.k12.fl.us

    Phone -            352-671-7100

    Required Textbook - Essential Elements Book 1 – Hal Leonard (Can be purchased at Hoggtowne Music)

    Course Description - Beginning Band at Osceola Middle School is a course intended for students who have never played a band instrument.

    Course Outline/Objectives - Each week throughout the year, the class will cover the following objectives: notes for individual instrument, posture, playing position, breathing, tone quality, intonation, articulation, style, fingerings, syncopation, rhythm, rhythmic precision, dynamics, balance & blend, and phrasing. In addition, students will have weekly musical vocabulary and theory lessons.

    Grades:

    Study, practice and participation are the essence of this course. The final grade will be based on points earned. Points are earned for the following:

    • 50% Full Participation – Participation in class (One Participation grade will be given per week, based on the standard of 25 points per day to be earned), Ocala Christmas Parade, and all concerts.

    • 40% Playing/Written Exams

      • Students that do not complete their tests by the assigned deadline will be given a grade of “zero”.

    • 10% Homework = Practice/ Practice Records (Practice Records are due every Monday, and grade will be based on students meeting out of school practice requirements) 

    Borderline grades may be improved by extra credit options, as requested and assigned.

    Concert Attire:

    • Khaki pants or skirt

    • Osceola music polo

    Teacher/Parent Communication - Parents will be contacted by telephone or email if their child is having difficulties in class. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher with any concerns. Email is the easiest way to reach me: scott.bourne@marion.fl.us

    Band Procedures:

    • Come prepared to class: instrument, books/music, supplies, POSITIVE attitude

    • Place instrument in one of the cubbies in the Band room

    • Be in your seat, with your instrument assembled within 3 minutes after the tardy bell.

    • Participate throughout the class period; all instruction relates to everyone.

    • Take you instrument home every night to practice 

    Band Expectations:

    • You will remain quiet and focused in class. Our class is one that is based upon your ability to hear instructions and follow them, so your quiet and attention is essential

    • You will be prepared to learn. An instrument that is not ready to play is worthless; make sure that you have everything you need in order to make beautiful music!

    • You will be respectful of the Band room and each other. Our instruments are all expensive, and we don’t want them to break. Never touch an instrument that isn’t yours! Curiosity is great, but if that curiosity leads you to break someone else’s instrument then you will be held financially responsible for it.

    • You will be an enthusiastic music student….making music is fun, and if you are not having fun then you are not doing it right! Practice hard, until you get it right; the better you play the more fun you will have!

    • Be on Time- Students are required to be in class by the tardy bell.

     

    Period 6 - Advanced Band

     

    Osceola Middle School

    Advanced Band Syllabus

    Instructor Information:

    Mr. Bourne

    Email -             scott.bourne@marion.k12.fl.us

    Phone -            352-671-7100

    Required Textbook - Essential Elements Book 2– Hal Leonard (Can be purchased at Hoggtowne Music)

    Course Description - Advanced Band at Osceola Middle School is a course intended for students who have played a band instrument before and have achieved a high level of proficiency on their instrument and to provide further musical growth with their instrument.

    Course Outline/Objectives - Each week throughout the year, the class will cover the following objectives: posture, playing position, breathing, tone quality, intonation, articulation, style, fingerings, syncopation, rhythm, rhythmic precision, dynamics, balance & blend, and phrasing. In addition, students will have weekly musical vocabulary and theory lessons.

    Grades:

    Study, practice and participation are the essence of this course. The final grade will be based on points earned. Points are earned for the following:

    • 50% Full Participation – Participation in class (One Participation grade will be given per week, based on the standard of 25 points per day to be earned), Ocala Christmas Parade and all concerts.

    • 40% Playing/Written Exams

      • Students that do not complete their tests by the assigned deadline will be given a grade of “zero”.

    • 10% Homework = Practice/ Practice Records (Practice Records are due ever Tuesday, and grade will be based on students meeting out of school practice requirements)

    Borderline grades may be improved by extra credit options, as requested and assigned.

    Concert Attire:

    • Khaki pants or skirt

    • Osceola music polo

    Scheduled Help Sessions 

    Teacher/Parent Communication: Parents will be contacted by telephone or email if their child is having difficulties in class. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher with any concerns. Email is the easiest way to reach me: scott.bourne@marion.fl.us

    Band Procedures:

    • Come prepared to class: instrument, books/music, supplies, POSITIVE attitude

    • Place instrument in one of the cubbies in the Band room.

    • Be in your seat, with your instrument assembled and daily assignment ready within 3 minutes after the tardy bell.

    • Participate throughout the class period; all instruction relates to everyone.

    • Take you instrument home every night to practice! 

    Band Expectations:

    • You will remain quiet and focused in class. Our class is one that is based upon your ability to hear instructions and follow them, so your quiet and attention is essential

    • You will be prepared to learn. An instrument that is not ready to play is worthless; make sure that you have everything you need in order to make beautiful music!

    • You will be respectful of the Band room and each other. Our instruments are all expensive, and we don’t want them to break. Never touch an instrument that isn’t yours! Curiosity is great, but if that curiosity leads you to break someone else’s instrument then you will be held financially responsible for it.

    • You will be an enthusiastic music student….making music is fun, and if you are not having fun then you are not doing it right! Practice hard, until you get it right; the better you play the more fun you will have!

    • Be on Time- Students are required to be in class by the tardy bell.