7th Grade Curriculum


7th Grade Curriculum

Unit on Music from Around the World

Music may achieve the highest of all missions:

She may be a bond between nations, races and states;

Those who are strangers to one another in many ways.

She may unite what is disunited, and bring peace to what is hostile.

Essential Questions: How is the music of other cultures different from our own? How is it alike? Has it influenced American /Contemporary music? What do we look for when we analyze the music of another culture? What can we learn when we study the music of other cultures?

Guiding Objective: The students will listen, analyze and play music from other world cultures (Various countries from: Africa, South America, the Middle East, North America, and Asia).


  1. Students will learn what to look and listen for when analyzing music from another culture.
  2. Students will listen to the music of various cultures and distinguish some of the characteristics of their musical style.
  3. Students will learn the instrumental classification system used in Ethno- musicology.
  4. Students will create an instrument using that classification system.
  5. Students will research the music from their own ethnic background using the skills above.

Connections to the Archdiocesan Curriculum Guidelines:

1.2       The student will perform music of varying styles and genres, by oneself and in       ensembles.

1.3       Students will identify and describe distinguishing characteristics of musical styles from a variety of cultures.

1.1.1    The student will read rhythms including dotted rhythms.

1.1.1    The student will recognize different musical styles to cultivate personal aesthetic appreciation.

1.1.2    The student will recognize and interpret musical symbols and notation appropriate to music rehearsed and performed.

1.1.2   The student will analyze and compare the use of musical elements representing various genres, styles, and cultures, emphasizing tonality and intervals.


Project for the First Trimester

Create An Instrument!

Directions: Create an instrument from home using everyday objects from around your house. Please bring it and your paper to class on October 18th.


On a separate piece of a paper please neatly type the following:

  1. The name of your instrument- Be creative!
  2. The classification of your instrument: Idiophone, Membranophone, Chordophone, or Aerophone.
  3. A through description of how it was made and how to play it.

Extra Credit for playing a simple song with it!

Have Fun!

 Rubric for Creating an Instrument

_____/ 10 Items from home               _____/ 20 Correct Classification

_____/ 10 Name of Instrument

_____/ 10 Instrument creates a sound

_____/ 10 Variance of sound

_____/ 10 Instructions on how to play

____/ 10 Creativity                                _____/ 20 Artistic presentation

Extra credit:  ____/ 10 Created a song or rhythm with the instrument

Final Project

 Ethnic Music Research Project


  1. Students will learn about and appreciate the musical their heritage and others.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the classification system for ethnic music.
  3. Students will develop their research and presentational skills.


  1. Choose a culture from your own ethnic background.
  2. Research that culture for the following:
  1. When music is usually played. (What events or situations? What purpose does it serve?) 20pts.
  2. What instruments are unique to that culture? What is their classification? 20 pts.
  3. A recorded example of the music of that culture. 10 pts
  4. Show an example of the art or folk art of that culture. 10 pts.


  1. A PowerPoint or poster of the information. Please include the map of the country, and pictures of the instruments and the people. 30 pt.
  2. Please also include the recorded music in some way.

We will have a celebration with food on our last class  June 6!

Due: May 16