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Middle School Exploring Music

Middle School Exploring Music


What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘music’? Do you think about your favorite band or artist? In this course, you’ll learn about how we hear music; how music affects our lives; essential elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony; different musical genres; singing and your voice; various instruments; music composition; and the history and culture of music over the years.

  • Imagine a baseball game that began without singing the National Anthem. What about a birthday party where, before cutting the cake, no one sang “Happy Birthday,” or a wedding where the bride walked down the aisle to silence? Music has been an important part of human life for thousands of years, and we are just now discovering the impact that music can have on the human brain, emotions, and even the forces that shape history. In this Unit, we will explore the origins of music and the role that music plays in our lives.

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Reflect on the different places and times that music is heard
    • Discuss the origin of music in human culture
    • Summarize the roles that music plays in human society
    • Understand the way our brain processes music
    • Examine careers in the music industry
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