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Shari Feder

Current Unit of Study:
Objective: I can compose a song with meaningful lyrics and perform it with a rhythmic beat.

Description of Unit: 

  1. Introduction to basic music notation. Music is a language. You can't speak it if you don't understand it. Music theory will enlighten beginners and simply serve as reinforcement for those who already know something about the subject.
  2. Basic song structure. There isn't any one structure to song writing. The structure changes depending upon the type of song someone writes. Like the three-act structure of storytelling, though, many songs, especially in the pop and country genres, tend to follow patterns. These patterns, indicated by the letters A, B and C, show verse, chorus and bridge arrangements. Students listened to familiar songs, breaking down the structures to analyze the inner workings of popular songs.
  3. Lyric Writing. Students studied lyrics that work and discussed why the lyrics work. Students wrote original lyrics and applied simple melodies to the lyrics without any other type of musical foundation. The melody is the key to a catchy song.


Course Description

Mott Hall II is committed to making music an integral part of the curriculum. Music stimulates the imagination and critical thinking. It inspires a thirst for new ideas, and cultivates sensitivity to the world as a whole. I believe in the healing power of music and believe everyone needs music in his or her life.

Mott Hall II  participates in the “Music and the Brain” program. This is a wonderful program where our 6th, 7th and 8th graders receive group keyboard lessons.

The program researches early keyboard instruction and its effect on children's cognitive ability. Their research expands on studies done by physicist Gordon Shaw and psychologist Frances Rauscher who found that when children are taught to play piano, they scored significantly higher on tests of spatial-temporal reasoning, the ability to accurately form mental images of physical objects and to recognize variations in their shapes and positions. It is a precursor to logical thinking, abstract thinking, and problem solving.

Throughout the year, Mott Hall II music scholars compose original music, analyze descriptive lyrics, practice independence of the left and right hand at the keyboard and discover new ways to find inspiration. 

National Standard for Music Education Addressed

      1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
      2. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
      3. Reading and notating music.
      4. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
      5. Evaluating music and music performances.