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Intro to Music: Home-school Musical Theory
and Fundamentals Course

Southern Thumb Music Studio

January 28th, 2018 – June 12th, 2019

18 Classes / 20 Weeks

Wednesdays, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM


Materials (Provided for each student):



Develop an understanding of the concept of music and how students interact with it in their daily lives

Expose students to a variety of musical instruments and clearly delineate the characteristics that make instruments distinct aurally and mechanically

Form a foundation within students of the various elements of music, particularly pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and notation

Aggregate skills to build a basis of music composition within students, allowing them to write and create their own music


Curriculum Overview

Weeks 1 & 2: Introduction & Learning Instrument Types
Students will be introduced to music and where they find it in their everyday lives. This unit will also expose students to the five different families of instruments and offer in-person demonstrations of various instrument examples.

Weeks 3, 4, & 5: Learning Pitch, Pitch Production, & Introduction to Melodica
Students will learn to recognize high and low sounds in music through an interactive lesson using boomwhackers. Students will be introduced to the solfege system to partake in singing activities. The provided melodica instruments will also be introduced to the students.

Weeks 6 & 7: Rhythm
Students will learn about the heartbeat of music and the difference between long and short sounds. Students will be introduced to different percussive rhythms to play in unison and on their own.  

Weeks 8 & 9: Melody
Students will be introduced to a melody as the sentences that makeup music. They will learn to recognize different melodic patterns and work together as a class to create different melodies.

Weeks 10 & 11: Harmony & Dissonance
Students will learn how harmony works in music through singing different notes together in unison. They will also work together and with the instructor to create different harmonies by playing and singing notes simultaneously.

Weeks 12, 13, & 14: Introduction to Musical Notation
This brief introduction to musical notation will bring together all that we’ve learned so far in order to translate it into readable music. Students will learn the basics regarding the musical alphabet, different types of notes, and how to read music on the staff.

Weeks 15 & 16: Applying Musical Notation
Musical notation that was learned in the previous unit will be reviewed and expanded upon here so that students can begin to read and play on their instruments. Students will take songs previously sung in the class and learn how they are written in music notation. This unit will also apply to allow students to learn how to play songs written in their textbooks on their instruments.

Weeks 17 & 18: Music Composition
Working together as a class, students will use the musical notation knowledge they’ve learned to try and create a short group melody. Students will also use their own instruments to write their own melodies, first by playing notes on their instruments and also transferring that into music notation on the staff.