ETJMS General Music

Topics of Study Include:

  • Study of many styles of music including Contemporary, Classical, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Reggae, et cetera.
  • Introduction to, and hands-on application of four main patterns in music:  Rhythm, Melody, Texture, Form
  • Writing and Reading Music Notation
  • African Percussion
  • Spotlight on major composers
  • Guitar - Performance and History (8th Grade Gen. Music only)
  • Music Technology Unit - composing music using computers.


Music Classes at the Eli Terry Jr. Middle School all focus around the National Standards for Music Education - CLICK HERE to see them.


General Music Grade Breakdown

  • Participation - student is engaged in discussion, volunteering to read or write on board, contributing in group activities.
  • Attitude - student shows respect to teacher and to subject being taught.  Student is aware that a negative attitude will effect their final grade for that project or class period.
  • Completion of music notebook, worksheets, tests and quizzes

National Standards for Music Education

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.