This music curriculum is a complete guide consisting of over two school-years’ worth of lessons plans that contain various types of activities that make learning music fun and interesting as well as educational. It consists of monthly topics that are broken down into weekly objectives. When all of the objectives, within the month, are met, the goal of fulfilling the requirements needed to learn the topic for that month is achieved.
The first half of the curriculum consists of hands on activities that pertain to each lesson in The Quality Music Instruction Guide for Piano: Book I. The topics of these lessons are comprised of melody and accompaniment, rhythm, music composition and music history. The second half of the curriculum contains lesson plans that correlate with the lessons in The Quality Music Instruction Guide for Piano: Book II. These lessons focus on theory and practice (major and minor scales/key signatures), music composition II (a higher level than that found in book I) and music history.
Even though this curriculum can be used by anyone, it was made to be user friendly for teachers, especially. For instance, all of the lesson plans are set up in a standard “lesson plan” format. Teachers interested in teaching from this curriculum, literally, don’t have to write lesson plans because they are already created. Also, for the sake of convenience, an assessment rubric and grading chart are placed at the end of each topic so that teachers may evaluate the work and record the grades of their students. In addition, since most teachers follow state guidelines when teaching their subjects, those interested in knowing the standards from which these lessons are based, may refer to the New Jersey Visual and Performing Arts Core Curriculum Content Standards. This can be found at www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/. It is important to note that even though curriculum guidelines for different states may vary, this curriculum can be conformed to any state standard in order to suit the needs of non-New Jersey students using this curriculum.
Ensuring a quality music education is very important to the development of the young mind. Since studies show that learning music builds cognitive and discipline skills, produces logical thinking patterns, as well as pleasure, it is important to provide a solid course of study in music. The lesson plans in this book are the guide to that course of study. If this curriculum is followed in the order in which it was written, the students participating in this music program will receive an enjoyable progressive learning experience. However, even if only certain lessons of the curriculum are used, still, the book is beneficial because it can be used to supplement any music program already established. Whatever the case may be, this curriculum serves as a guide to a well-balanced music education that will make a positive impact on any student outside, as well as inside, of a music instruction classroom.