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General Music Year Plan

1st Quarter - Rhythm; Rhythmic Patterns

2nd Quarter - Tonal Patterns

3rd Quarter - Form

4th Quarter- Texture

Rhythm is the Focus for the 1st Quarter:

" What is rhythm, what is beat?"

Most people don't know the difference.  I hear all of the time: " I like this song, it has a good beat." That comment should be: "I like this song, it has a great rhythmic groove or rhythmic texture." ALL SONGS HAVE A BEAT!

We will study rhythm this first nine weeks because:

1. Even the right note played or sung at the wrong time or out of time is a wrong note!

2. Playing an instrument or singing out of time will cause the ensemble so sound sloppy!

3rd Quarter

MUSICAL FORM - The large-scale form of a musical composition can be projected via any combination of the musical elements previously studied. Traditionally, however, musical form in Western music has been primarily associated with the order of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic events (or the text) in a piece. Letters (i.e., A, B, C) are used to designate musical divisions brought about by the repetition of melodic material or the presentation of new, contrasting material. 

Some of the most common musical forms are described below: 


Strophic Form: a design in VOCAL music, in which the same music is used for several different verses (strophes) of words. [Example: "Deck the Halls" has many verses of words sung to the same music.] Verse 1 . . . Verse 2 . . . Verse 3 (etc.) Through-composed a structure in which there is no repeat or return of any large-scale musical section. [Example: Schubert's "Erlkönig".] A B C D E . . . 

 Binary Form a two-part form in which both main sections are repeated (as indicated in the diagram by "repeat marks"). The basic premise of this form is CONTRAST: 

Ternary Form a three-part form featuring a return of the initial music after a contrasting section. Symmetry and balance are achieved through this return of material:  1 2 3 A B repeat mark A B A

March is Music in Our Schools Month

Why study music?  The answer is in the research!

Here you will find information for The Expedition School Band program.  Mr. Robertson will be constructing this page as the year continues.  Suggestion are welcomed for additions to the page targeted at music education and specifically elementary and middle school bands.  


Students and/or Parents may contact Mr. R  at

919-245-8432 x 124