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Music Appreciation - The History of Western Music

Angelia McArthur
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(227)
During this 10-week course, learners will study the history of western music, starting with Ancient Music and traveling through time to Present-Day Film Music.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 4
The learner will:
*listen and describe music of notable composers.
*identify and classify instruments.
*read and write simple rhythm patterns to play along with music.
*create simple soundscapes and compositions.
*identify the elements of music in recorded examples such as dynamics, tempo and form.

National Music Standards
*MU:Cr2.1.5b Use standard and/or iconic notation to document personal rhythmic ideas.
*MU:Pr4.3.5a Demonstrate and  explain how intent is conveyed  through interpretive decisions and 
expressive qualities (such as  dynamics, tempo, timbre, and 
*MU:Cn11.0.5a Demonstrate 
understanding of relationships  between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life.
This class is an expanded version of the Composer of the Week ongoing classes and a culmination of lessons that have been created over 29 years of teaching experience. Materials are created by the teacher. This class would be equivalent to a semester of 3rd-5th grade (and beyond) general music and is aligned with national music standards. If you would like a preview of the teacher's structure and style, there are ongoing composer classes that would be a great intro to the teacher.


Homework Offered
Homework will be assigned at the end of each class. Assignments will include short reading passages with a few questions to answer, online quizzes are through Kahoot!, and the listening selections. The pacing of this course may be adjusted as needed.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learners will be formally assessed through class participation and weekly assignments. Upon request, the teacher will keep track of assignment grades and provide a grade report. Please let the teacher know if you would like a grade report before class starts.
Grades Offered
Each week learners need writing and coloring supplies as well as weekly handouts that will be posted to the classroom. Scissors, glue and blank paper will be used on some weeks. Optionally, the learner may choose to organize materials in a folder or small binder.

For week 1, learners need 1 number cube (dice) for a game.

For weeks 3, 4, 8, and  10, learners can use instruments or found sounds from home.

For week 7 and 8, learners can use a keyboard, recorder, xylophone, or a virtual instrument that has pitch. If you don't have any of these, the teacher will be using instruments (including on-screen virtual instruments) as well to create a class composition.

Additional materials will be posted on Outschool as needed.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Learners will need to use scissors to cut apart manipulatives on some weeks. They may prepare the materials ahead of time and might need assistance with using scissors.
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(227)
Hello! My name is Mrs. McArthur and I teach MUSIC! I am a Texas certified all-level music teacher with 29 years of teaching experience, 26 years in public schools and 3 years online and homeschool experience. I have taught preschool through eighth... 
Group Class


weekly or $100 for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
40 min

Completed by 9 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
4-8 learners per class

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