Students in grades 3-8 will be working together in their general music classes to create a modern band. In order to participate in our modern band, students will learn to play a song per week on a variety of instruments including: drum kit, body percussion, tambourines, ukulele, guitar, bass, and keyboards.
Students in 6-8 will be choosing the majority of the songs we learn this year. In class students are being given a list of song choices starting with 1-chord songs, and adds chords in succession. The chords we are working on learning at the beginning of the year are: A, Em, C, G, D, and Am. With these six chords students will have the knowledge to play hundreds of songs.
The following links are some resources for students who want to practice at home:
Parts of the Guitar -follow this link to review the guitar diagrams and view the differences between acoustic and electric guitars.
Ultimate Guitar is a great resource for tabs, and chords. There are some songs that have just chord symbols, and some that are tabs. The type will be listed to the right of the song title.
Drum kit resources are available here! The link will send you to the games tab on Little Kids Rock where you can build a beat, use the beat boxes, and use tracks to drum along.
Lessons for drums, keyboard, guitar, and a tuner is available for your instruments at home.
Our songs so far:
We Will Rock You- Queen (guitar, bass, drum kit, keyboard, singing)
Students in grade 6 are being introduced to the instruments one by one. They played guitar and got an introduction to drum kit last week, and this week we will focus on keyboard skills.
The 7th graders are on the money this year with intelligent questions, focus and dedication. Both classes have already completed We Will Rock You, and we will now be moving on to songs of their choosing. Tomorrow the 7th grade girls start on Call Me Maybe, which means they will need to switch between the C and D chords quickly and accurately, as well as sing! The boys sat with me on Monday and we discussed and listened to a wide variety of music for the upcoming semester. I am very interested to start a variety of interesting projects, which may even incorporate their skills from band. Let's just say, it's not unusual for a class to be this exciting.