• Music Homework Assignment- Term 1 Project-Seventh Grade 20% Grade
    1.Watch a Broadway Musical (ONE YOU HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE)
    You can get a musical from:
    Your local library or our school library
    Musicals are often on T.V.
    Borrow one from a neighbor or a friend
    Write a movie review as if you were writing for a newspaper. The criteria is a write a one page summary in paragraph form, including the composer and lyricist, choreographer, five favorite songs, and your recommendation. The summary should include the “who, what, where, why, and when.”
    Composer 10%
    Lyricist 10%
    Choreographer 10%
    Five songs 10%
    Recommendation 10%
    Summary 50%
    Extra Credit:
    Sing, dance and act out one scene from your musical using scenery, props and
    costumes. This may be done live in class or viewed in video form. You may use
    extra actors in your scene. You may play music in the background.
    You may make up or use a story you know and add three songs to help tell the story. The songs may be original or tunes you know with changed lyrics to fit your story. The format could include puppetry, claymation or legos in a video form or a live performance.
    Make up your own story with dialogue, stage directions and lyrics written out. Your story can be fiction or a true story. Please have at least four characters and three songs. All stories start with a place and time. Your song lyrics don’t need music but may have the same rhythm as a popular tune. You also may illustrate your scenes if you like to draw.
    Use you imagination!!! Use your talents. Anything is possible…..Have fun.
    Due Date: (TBA)
    If you need an extension, please see me.
    7th Grade Term 2 Instrument Project
    * Create a musical Instrument using existing or found items.
    * Make a pitched instrument with 8 tones using the major scale.
    * You must be able to play the scale with your homemade instrument
    * Name your invention/ creation
    * Write a one page instruction manual as to "How to Make it"
    * Extra 10 points for playing a tune.
    “Do re mi ^ fa sol la ti ^ do”.. Or
    “C D E ^ F G A B ^ C” ….or
    “ 1 , 2 , 3, ^ 4, 5, 6, 7, ^ 8.”
    In order from low (largest) to high (smallest) - all whole steps going up except for two half steps: one between 3&4 and one between 7&8 (^ means a half step). Your scale may start on any tone and should end on the same tone an octave higher.
    Possible Materials:
    Wood, Copper piping, 2 liter coke bottle,
    Metal, Fishing line, Heavy String, Shingles
    Bamboo, Cardboard, PVC piping, Popsicle sticks
    String, Tin Cans, Ceramic/ clay, Surgical tubing
    Wire, Boxes, Heavy Nails, Cookie Tins, Wrapping paper tubing
    Hangers, Heavy plastic,  Bobby Pin,Garden Hose,
    Rope, Old Utensils, Plastic Straws,Old Rake prongs
    Pencils, Dental Floss, Curling  Ribbon, eye hooks
    The smaller or tighter-higher the pitch
    The larger or looser-lower the pitch
    Three kinds of Instruments
    *Wind instruments need reed or small blowhole
    *Percussion instruments are hit or struck
    *String instruments need a hollow resonating chamber
    Acoustics – the science of sound.
    All sounds are the movement of air caused by vibrations.
    Wind, Percussion or Strings have this effect.
    *NO- liquid or glass (unless you check with me)
    *NO- parts of an existing musical instrument
    *NO- elastics or rubber bands used for sound (they stretch and dry out)
    *NO- Toxic Glues or paste 
    Display your instrument
    Describe any failed attempts and experimentation
    State to what family of instruments it belongs-
    Wind, Percussion or Strings
    Play the scale by hitting, plucking or blowing
    Give a description of your research
    Describe how you made your instrument
    Give details of materials used
    Did you use math and how?
    Explain problems and remedies
    For extra credit 10%- play a song
    Grading: All have Written Instructions
    110%  Followed directions AND you play a song
    100%  Instrument plays each tone of a major scale
    90%    Instrument has 8 tones close to the scale
    80%    Instrument has 8 tones higher in pitch
    70%    Instrument has no(hollow) resonating chamber (string)
               Instrument has 8 tones with pitch variation
    60%    Instrument has no tone or vibration
               Instrument has no pitch, but does have variations of sound
    50%   Failed to bring in project on time.
    Click on the link below for the Term 3 Project