Because school is starting late, and we aren't sure of the format yet, I'm a little concerned about us getting through everything we need for the exam in May. I'm adding more to the summer work so we won't be as far behind. The school website states that summer work is due September 21. However, that is still left up to the discretion of the teacher. The list below shows the assignments you need to bring to class our first day back, which I'm assuming is September 8. If you bring these in on time you will start the year with two 100% test grades and a big :) and thanks from me.
Bring to class September 10:
- Unit 1 - Notation Written Work #1
- 1.6 Rhythm and Meter Assignment
- 1.6 Complex Rhythm and Meter Assignment
- 1.6 Asymmetrical and Syncopation
- 1.7 Meter Identification Assignment
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Everything you need for the summer is on this page. Don't worry about the other tabs, i.e., assignments. However, you can look at the review materials tab and see what resources are listed for each chapter.
What you'll need this year:
- 2" binder - we don't have a textbook so I give a lot of handouts
- 8 dividers - there are 8 units and it will be best if you have one for each section
- folder to carry whatever papers you need to have with you for homework
We'll probably have class in the recital hall and we can have a designated section for our materials. That way you can leave your binders in there and not carry them around.
I know most of this information is review, but I want to make sure everybody is at the same point when we start up in August. We don't know what is going to happen this year in terms of another school closure or a hurricane. I want to know that we're moving along and these possible setbacks won't affect us too much.
For each assignment I've included the answer sheet so you're able to see if you're on track. This is more time-efficient than reviewing in the classroom and assigning homework. That said, if you have questions on anything please, please contact me.
Print out table of contents for Unit 1: Unit 1 Table of Contents
Print out, read, and answer each question as you come to it. Put in your binder: Unit 1 - Notation
After you've read and completed the written work you can check your answers here: Unit 1 - Notation answers
Then complete: Unit 1 - Notation Written Work #1 and bring it with you the first day of class
Print out and write in the beats for each page. They become more complex as you go along, beginning with quarter and eighth notes and rests. There is a diagram in the upper right hand corner of each page that shows how to notate the rhythms. After you've done the assignment you can check your answers. I know this is a lot of work on rhythm, but it's something you're very familiar with. By completing these exercises we won't have to worry about it when school starts.
Simple time assignments. Simple time means that each beat is divided into 2. For example: a quarter note is divided into two eighth notes, an eighth note is divided into 2 sixteenth notes, etc. We'll discuss it more later. Just giving you a head's up:)
Quarter and eighth notes/rests: Unit 1 - Rhythm #1
Answers to Unit 1 - Rhythm #1: Unit 1 - Rhythm #1 Answers
Dotted quarter notes: Dotted quarter notes
Adding dotted quarters and ties: Unit 1 - Rhythm #2
Answers to Unit 1 - Rhythm #2: Unit 1 - Rhythm #2 Answers
Sixteenth notes and rests: Sixteenth notes and rests
Adding sixteenth notes: Unit 1 - Rhythm #3
Answers to Unit 1 - Rhythm #3: Unit 1 - Rhythm #3 Answers
Adding different configurations of sixteenth notes: Unit 1 - Rhythm #4
Answers to Unit 1 - Rhythm #4: Unit 1 - Rhythm #4 Answers
Compound time assignments. Compound time means that the main beat is divided into 3. For instance a dotted quarter note is divided into 3 eighth notes, etc. Whenever the top number is 6, 9, or 12 it is in compound time. We'll discuss it later in the unit.
6/8 time signature: 6/8 Time Signature
Unit 1 - Rhythm #5: Unit 1 - Rhythm #5
Answers to Unit 1 - Rhythm #5: Unit 1 - Rhythm #5 Answers
Unit 1 - Rhythm #6: Unit 1 - Rhythm #6
Answers to Unit 1 - Rhythm #6: Unit 1 - Rhythm 6 Answers
Unit 1 - Rhythm #7: Unit 1 - Rhythm #7
Answers to Unit 1 - Rhythm #7: Unit 1 - Rhythm #7 Answers
Cut time assignment
Unit 1 - Rhythm #8: Unit 1 - Rhythm #8
Unit 1 - Rhythm #8 Answers: Unit 1 - Rhythm #8 Answers
Half Steps/Whole Steps
Watch the following on half steps and whole steps: https://www.musictheory.net/lessons/20
Complete the following worksheet: 1.4 Half Steps and Whole Steps
Answers to 1.4 Half Steps and Whole Steps: 1.4 Half Steps and Whole Steps Answers
Watch the following on creating a Major scale using half steps and whole steps: https://www.musictheory.net/lessons/21
Complete the following worksheet: 1.4 Major Scales
Answers to 1.4 Major Scales: 1.4 Major Scales Answers
1.4 Scale Degrees Information: 1.4 Scale Degree Names
1.4 Scales and Scale Degree Names: 1.4 Scales and Scale Degree Names
Answers to 1.4 Scales and Scale Degree Names: 1.4 Scales and Scale Degree Names Answers
Identifying the highest note:
Online practice using musictheory.net:
Each one of these exercises is set with a challenge mode to stop after 20. You don't have to send me the scores, but just make sure you're comfortable with the material.
Key signature ID: https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/keysig/b999yydyryyy
Key signature construction: https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/keysig-construction/b999bybdyryy
You will have a quiz on key signatures the day we come back.