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Mr. Coulter

October 8, 2014

Upcoming First and Second grade music Theory Test

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The First and Second grade students have been learning about the staff and the clef signs.  Each student has a copy of Lesson 1 and 2 from the Master theory work book which covers the staff and clef signs.  We have worked on the lessons together in class. This is why each student should have a folder for music.  Please go over the lessons with your child at home.  The follow will take place in the coming weeks.

Week of Oct. 14th – The students will complete lessons 1 and 2 in class for an assignment grade – 12 assignment points.

Week of Oct. 21st – The students will have a quiz on the same lessons – 12 assessment points

Week of Oct 28th – The students will have a test on the same lessons – 12 assessment points

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Syllabus for Music 3rd-8th Grade

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     Lenart Regional Gifted Center

 Music – Instructor Mr. Coulter


Class Description       

General Music Grades 3rd-8th. The following will be taught in general music at Lenart:


All students will continue to learn how to play the recorder. Each student should have their own recorder. (Recorder day is Friday for 7th grade)

Band Techniques

Each 5th and 6th grade student will learn how to play a musical instrument.

Vocal ensemble techniques

The 7th and 8th grade students will learn solo and ensemble vocal techniques.

Percussion Techniques

Students in the 4th grade will learn percussion techniques. Percussion techniques will enhance the student’s ability to read rhythms.


Music symbol and note recognition (Staff, Treble Clef, Bass Clef, Notes, Time Signatures, Key signatures, Note Values, Rest Values, Ledger lines, Slur, Tie, Flat ,Sharp, Accidentals.) Major Scales and Chord Structures


The Different time periods of music: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century and Beyond.


Genre (Different Styles) Classical, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Salsa, Mariachi


The students will learn about the four families of instruments:

Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

Extra Curricular

Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Group instrumental lessons, String Ensemble

Instructional Materials

Various Handouts. Each student must have a pencil, a spiral note book and folder (to keep graded assignments and handouts). Recorder.

                                                                   Quarter      Quarter      Quarter     Quarter

Grading Summary(per quarter)                 1st                2nd                3rd            4th

  1. Class Participation & Preparation 30% 30%               30%            30%
  2. Daily Assignments 30%     30%               30%            30%

(Folders, Recorders, Instruments for 5th & 6th grade included in assignments)

  1. Homework    10%              10%               10%           10%
  2. Quiz/Exams  30%               30%               30%           30%

(Included in this category, participation in the winter festival)

Total – Each Quarter———————-  100%          100%       100%          100%





Additional information regarding Grading and evaluations

  1. 1. Students are expected to come to class prepared to work. Please have pencil, paper, manuscript paper and a folder at all times. Walking into class eating or drinking or chewing will result in a reduction of your participation grade.
  2. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectable manner, with complete courtesy, integrity and honesty at all times. Please refer to the Uniform Discipline Code regarding acts of misconduct.

The following classroom rules must be adhered to at all times.

  1. When the teacher is talking, no one else is talking.
  2. When another student is talking to Mr. Coulter or addressing the class, no one else is talking.
  3. If you have something to say please raise your hand and wait for the teacher to call your name.
  4. Please keep your hands, feet and all objects to yourself.
  5. Follow instructions the first time they are given.
  6. Turn in all assignments on time.
  7. When you are doing independent work, do your own work.
  8. Work quietly unless otherwise instructed.
  9. With your help, the new chairs will look new forever.
  10. Be positive.


Extra Credit

  1. 1. Students can receive extra credit if he or she participates in a musical performance that is not associated with Chicago Public Schools. The student must inform Mr. Coulter at least 2 weeks prior to the performance. If Mr. Coulter cannot attend the student must bring proof of their performance back to school: (Program with student’s name or a note from the director, conductor, coordinator, etc.., of the group.)Remember, notice must be given 2 weeks prior to the performance.


  1. Listen to WHPK – Mr. Coulter is a D.J. at WHPK 88.5 FM alternating Saturdays from 12 noon to 2pm. Listen to the show. Write the name of 3 songs with the artist and turn it in to Mr. Coulter on the following Monday. You can call the station and ask for the titles of the songs and artist during that time. Station #773-702-8424. If you can not pick up the station on the radio it streams live at www.whpk.org. You can do this twice in a marking period. You can also listen to other WHPK Jazz format shows. Please see Mr. Coulter for a schedule of the Jazz time slots. If you choose to do this assignment during other shows you must write the date and time you were listening and the name of the DJ.


Grading Scale:

The following grades and grading scale will be used when grades are entered.

Grade                                    Average

A                                          93-100

B                                          87-92

C                                          78-86

D                                          70-77

F                                            0-69

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Letter to 6th Grade Parents – Band Class

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Dear 6th Grade Parents,

The band class will begin on September 16th. The students were assigned an instruments for class.  If your child __________________________ already has an instrument then he or she will be playing that instrument. Your child will be playing the ____________________. Your child already having an instrument helped facilitate the class being a band class.  Although I have acquired some instruments over the years there is still not enough instruments for an entire class so thank you for helping to make this happen. Your child must bring their instrument to class every Tuesday and Thursday.

If your child _____________________________ is using a school instrument then he or she will be playing the _____________________.

The students will play this instrument for the entire school year. If you would like for your child to play another instrument I have attached information to this letter on how to rent or purchase an instrument.

For students who are using a school instrument I am recommending that they purchase their own mouthpiece. I have a representative from Quilan and Fabish Music Company who will deliver the mouth piece to the school. The prices are as follows:

Clarinet mouthpiece – $19.95-$40.00

Alto Saxophone mouthpiece – $14.75-$54.00

Cornet Mouthpiece – $18.00-$29.95

Trumpet Mouthpiece – $18.00-&35.00

Baritone Horn & Trombone Mouthpiece $34.00

Tuba Mouthpiece – $46.00

Drum Sticks $5.00 a pair.

Each student who is playing the drums must have their own pair of sticks.



These are the prices I recommend for beginners. You can buy a more expensive mouth piece or drum sticks. You can check The Quilan and Fabish website. Click on supplies and scroll down to mouthpieces. I will take orders for mouthpieces on Thursday September 18th.  Please indicate the mouthpiece and the price you would like to pay. Write the students name and sign your name.

The students are excited about the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument.  My expectation is that the students put forth an effort and try.

If the students follow instructions, participates and puts forth the effort to learn how to play the instrument this will be an exciting, fun and productive experience. The following rubric will be used when assessing the students.

The students can earn 5 assignment points every class period.

  1. Come prepared to class. Bring pencil, paper, music folder, instrument (if you are using your own instrument) to class.
  2. Assemble the instrument as instructed.
  3. Make every attempt to play the instrument as instructed.
  4. Take care of the instrument when it is in your possession.
  5. Pay attention and follow all instructions and rules.

If a student is using their own instrument and they do not bring it to class they will not receive the first 4 points.

This is a beginning band class and I will be teaching the students how to play the instruments. For those students who are more advance on their instrument, they will have opportunities give demonstrations to the class and their section and possibly serve as section leaders.

If students would like to be a part of the Lenart school band they must come to beginning band practice after school on Tuesdays from 2:45-4:00. Please see the attached form.

I’m very excited about the opportunity to expand your child’s knowledge of love of music.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.



This is worth 5 homework

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