'Must be the music…..,

Mr. Coulter

October 8, 2014

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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