• The goal of middle school music education in District 47 is to provide all students the opportunity to experience how music can enrich their lives through performing, creating, listening, describing and reading music.

    Learning Goals

    In support of the state goals for music, the District 47 goals are:

    • To increase appreciation of music with emphasis on continual activity and involvement through middle school
    • To provide students with opportunities to use a variety of musical instruments
    • To expose students to a wide range of music and musical experiences

    Student Choice

    All 6th-grade students will have six weeks of Music I. As 7th- and 8th-graders, students will rank their encore preferences. Each student will have the opportunity to choose Music II in 7th and 8th grades.

    Class Descriptions

    Music I

    This required six-week course will focus on teaching students the elements of music through the use of a variety of classroom instruments, which may include choir chimes, glockenspiels, rhythm instruments, xylophones, boomwhackers, tone bells, and recorders. Students will also be involved in a variety of singing activities.

    Music II

    This 12-week course will continue to build on students’ understanding of the elements of music with focus on singing and music history. This class will have particular emphasis on World Music Drumming, which is a fascinating fusion of drumming, singing, movement and culture from around the world.