This curriculum will cover topics spanning music theory, instrument families, and the evolution of music throughout history. Objectives will guide students through each lesson, with the goal of understanding the “big picture” of music history and appreciating its various qualities. Learning activities include interactive presentations, research opportunities, videos, creative projects, and assessments.


Ch.1 – Introduction
Ch.2 – Music Theory
Ch.3 – The Strings Family
Ch.4 – The Wind Family
Ch.5 – The Percussion Family
Ch.6 – Musical Ensembles
Ch.7 – Music History


Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music and how these elements relate to the compositions presented in class, applying the knowledge of musical styles to composer and composition identification. Apply the course information to future classical music concerts the students may attend, providing an outlet for expression, personal awareness, and aesthetic enlightenment (life-long learning).