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General Music, Piano, and Chorus course descriptions.

General Music Course Description
 
The textbook for this standards based course is Making Music by Silver Burdett Ginn.
 
Students will need headphones/earbuds and an adapter for use with synthesizer. The adapter costs $6 at the student store.
 
The major emphasis of this course is to provide students with a variety of musical
experiences and activities. The course develops the following skills: singing, listening, reading and writing music, and playing classroom instruments according to what is available. The course provides opportunities for growth in understanding the following musical elements: rhythm, melody, form, tempo, dynamics, timbre or tone color, harmony, expression, articulation, and style. The course also develops discrimination and critical judgment in music that is heard or produced, and encourages interest in music from diverse cultures and historical periods. Students perform in select concerts. May repeated for credit.


Piano Course Description
 
Students will need headphones/earbuds and an adapter for use with synthesizer. The adapter costs $6 at the student store.


This standards based course primarily utilizes The John Thompson piano series and develops the skills necessary for playing piano literature and in reading music notation. Students study various composers and pianists (keyboardists), the history of keyboard instruments and develop discrimination and critical judgment in music that is heard or produced. The course also encourages interest in music from diverse cultures and historical periods.
 
Students will experience opportunities for growth in the understanding of musical elements (rhythm, melody, form, harmony, expressive elements, and style). Although students have a weekly benchmark the curriculum is differentiated and allows for excellerated advancement according to skill level and extra support for students who need a little more time to reach weekly benchmark. Students work cooperatively with other students in the musical organization and serve the school by participating in select performances. May repeat for credit.


Chorus Course Description
 
The major emphasis of this course is on singing activities and vocal production. This standards based course develops the skills necessary for ensemble singing of choral literature appropriately arranged for middle school voices, and in reading music notation.  The course also provides opportunities for growth in the understanding of musical elements (rhythm, melody, form, harmony, dynamics, expressive elements, tone color or timbre, articulation, and style) as applied to the music performed. Students will learn to enjoy participating in vocal music; work cooperatively with other students in the musical organization and serve the school by participating in performances. May repeat for credit.
 
The Daniel Webster Middle School Chorus, General Music, and piano students. Scroll down to see more, then click on our photo album link for in-depth photo chronicles.
 
LA Opera Secondary In School Opera Program Partnership
2017 "The White Bird of Poston"
2016 "The White Bird of Poston"
2015 "Orpheus"
2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002  "Journey to Cordoba" and "The Letter" 
 
Mar Vista Community Festival - DWMS Chorus performances 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
 
Junior Achievement "Economics for Success" financial literacy for DWMS Chorus and General Music students, eight consecutive years 2015-2008
 
LAUSD MS Honor Chorus  Webster Chorus participants eight consecutive years. Bring the Honor Music festivals back, LAUSD.
 

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Open House - "S.T.E.A.M. Family Night" 3-20-18 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

 
Come hear beginning piano students play. Sing a Cherokee Nation chant and play hand drum accompaniment with General Music and Chorus students.  Hear Gregorian, Algerian, and Japanese chants. View the General Music student's digital Keyboard family timelines.  
 

2015 Behind the scenes: Orpheus- LA Opera and Period 3 Webster Chorus

Performance Friday, November 13. 2015