8th Grade General Music

In 8th grade students work on two main topics which are Ukuleles and Composition. After two years of reading piano music students normally enjoy the change of a new instrument. They learn how to read single notes and chords on the Ukulele. The hardest part they have to learn to do is learning how to transition from chord to chord. In the book that we use, Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1 Plus Chord Finder it lets the students learn how to read single notes and chords at the same time.

The other part of class is learning music theory that includes, interval study, scales, key signatures and inversions. With the skills they learn from these studies they learn how to make chord progression. This way they can write a song with chords and a melody line on staff paper. Last year the students wrote a school song about Philip W. Sugg and we had a winner from all the class as you can see below. The hardest part for the students is the fact that they have to use paper and pencil. It really gives them a deeper understanding of how much work it is to write a song!