Prerequisites:  You should listen to as much jazz and rock as you can.

    Skills:  Listening, analysis, application, critical thinking.

    Purpose:  In this course you will learn how jazz and rock music works.  You will become familiar with the basic rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and formal conventions and understand the unique relationship among the work, performer and listener.

    Description:  The course is divided into units of the basic historical jazz and rock styles.  You will be able to understand the different conventions operating in each style, be able to identify sound examples of each, and be able to name key practitioners.  At the end of the course you should be able to identify musical samples of most of the artists studied.  While you will not be expected to learn every name, you should at least become familiar with the greatest instrumental and vocal artists of each genre.  Your aim should be to understand style and not to memorize specific recordings.   You will also learn a little music history.  In many ways the most important part of this course is to introduce you to new music.  The styles of jazz and early rock are as varied as they are in all of classical or pop music; some of it you will like and some you will not.  Students will be given the opportunity to listen and experience samples of all styles as well as take notes leading to discussion.  The Pennsylvania State Standards for the Arts and Humanities are used as a guide in developing pertinent and relevant content in conjunction with the Millersburg Area School District Music Curriculum.

    Course Materials: 

    This course will be taught through teacher presentation, music listening, video presentations, class discussion, handouts and worksheets.  There is no formal textbook at this time.

    Students are expected to have their music handout binder and Chromebook with them for every class.   This folder/binder is to contain every handout given to the student at all times. 

    Quizzes and Exams:

    Quizzes and exams will be given regularly.  Often a brief comprehensive quiz is given following the introduction of a concept to allow students an opportunity to practice the concept.  Homework is given regularly.  As with learning an instrument or singing in a choir, regular practice is a must to attain an understanding and proficiency.  Major (end of unit) exams are announced to the student to allow appropriate study time.  Content for exams will be taken from class discussion, handouts, classroom activities, and notes placed on the board.


    Homework is given regularly, usually in the form of music listening assignments aligned with the time period and style which we are studying in class.  Due dates for homework, as well as any specific instructions are given to the student with ample time to complete the work.


Last Modified on August 19, 2021