Music Class

  "Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul."         
Welcome to Mrs. Fuertes' Class 2012-2013!

Attentive listening is a basic and indispensable activity in music education. The development of aural acuity is of extreme importance to the student in all learning activities. It is a prerequisite to musical growth. If students are to learn to sing well, they first must be able to listen well. Through listening, they must develop sensitivity to the quality of music sound and to the rise and fall of the melodic line. The student must learn to listen not only with the outer ear but also with the inner ear of the mind, so they become able to “think” tone: i.e., to hear a melody in the mind when no sound is actually being produced.  The students’ ability to play a melody on an instrument such as the resonator bells is greatly enhanced when they are able to sing the melody they are attempting to play and to recognize whether they are playing it accurately with respect to pitch and rhythm.  At GNOCA, the students will be exposed to music of various music periods, composers and countries, creating an optimum environment for the learning of all other school subjects, while developing musical appreciation and aural training. 

Because you will encounter musical terms in other languages, you may need to use these Translators:



The Science of Music?:  Vibrations  PowerPoint Show (to view it,  if you do not have PowerPoint, download the PowerPoint Viewer).


CLASS - January 25, 2013:

Peter and the Wolf - Part 1 (Prokofiev)

Peter and the Wolf - Part 2 (Prokofiev)

Silly Symphony

Farmyard Symphony (for K-4 only)

CLASS - February 8, 2013: The String Family

The Orchestra and the Strings Family (Grades K-4)

The Orchestra and the Strings Family (Grades 5-8)

CLASS - February 22, 2013:  Preparation and practice for Music Recital with Mrs. Mireya.  Homework:  Complete the Recital Check Sheet.

CLASS - March 1, 2013:  Preparation and practice for Music Recital with Mrs. Mireya.  Homework:  Practice your music for the Recital and dress spiffy for it.

PERFORMANCE - March 3, 2013:  Be at the First Church by 2:30 pm, dressed and ready to go!  
It is your day...make the most of it!

CLASS - March 15, 2013: The Woodwind Family.

The Woodwind Family (Grades K-4)

The Woodwind Family (Grades 5-8)

Homework K-4: Coloring pages for Flute, Piccolo,Oboe,Clarinet, Saxophone and  Basoon.  
Homework 5-8:
Complete the Quiz for the Woodwind Family.

CLASS - March 29, 2013: The Brass Family.

The Brass Family (Grades K-4)

The Brass Family (Grades 5-8)

Homework K-4:
Coloring pages for Trumpet, Tuba, Trombone and French Horn. 
Homework 5-8:
Complete the Quiz for the Brass Family.

CLASS - April 19, 2013: The Percussion Family.

The Percussion Family (Grades K-4)

The Percussion Family (Grades 5-8)

Homework K-4:
Coloring pages for Timpani, Xylophone, Snare Drum, Cymbals, Tubular Bells, Triangle. 
Homework 5-8:
Complete the Quiz for the Percussion Family.


People everywhere love music.  They have been making music from the earliest times and will probably continue to do so for as long as they exist. Music, whether popular or classical, in whatever style and from whatever part of the world, gives people pleasure, inspiration and ways of expressing their feelings and ideas in a form that can be understood by all, no matter what their language or culture. 
In our class we will learn about the greatest composers of Western music, this means, music composed in Europe and America, rather than in Asia or other countries. The music of the great composers reflects the time and place in which it was composed, and the personality and ideas of the composers.  You will see how these composers, like all of us, work under different circumstances.   Some of them are quite and live comfortable lives, while others struggled to overcome great difficulties.
In this class we will see how music has evolved through the years by learning about different musical forms and getting to know influential composers from each period.
"Any composer's writing is the sum of himself, of all his roots and influences."                Berstein

Class:  The Renaissance 

Class: Baroque Period     and Bach      Homework:  Quiz about each composer due.

Class: Classical Period     and Mozart       Homework:  Quiz about each composer due.

Class: The Romantics: BrahmsTchaikovsky , Mendelssohn and Chopin. Homework:  Quiz about each composer due.

Class: The Impressionist: Debussy , Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn.   Homework:  Quiz about each composer due.

Class: Bartok and Prokofiev: Quizzes to be completed in class.   Homework:  Prepare for comprehensive test on composers.

<><><><><><><>PROGRAM FOR 2012-2013<><><><><><><><>

UNIT 1  (Quarter 1-2):  Music Periods, Composers and Compositions"Any composer's writing is the sum of himself, of all his roots and influences."                Berstein       

UNIT 2 (Quarter 1-3):  Music Elements
  • Melody:  Movement and Pitch 
  • Form: Phrase and Structure
  • Expression: Tempo and Dynamics
  • Texture and Harmony: Design and Accompaniment
  • Rhythm: Pattern and Meter 
  • Project (Grades K-8): Learn a new song and play on the piano
UNIT 3 (3rd Quarter):  Voice and Instrumentation
  • Band and Orchestra Music
  • Classroom Instruments
  • Orchestra Instruments and Families
  • Voice Classification
  • Individual Project
                  (K-4): Make your own  percussion instrument
                  (5-8):  PPP about an instrument

 UNIT 4 (4th Quarter):  Music and Worship

  • Vocal Praise
  • Instrumental Praise
  • Music in the Bible
  • History of the Seventh-Day Adventist Hymnal
  • Elements of the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal 
  • Individual Project
             (K-4): Learn and sing in front of the class a hymn from the church hymn book.
             (5-8):  PPP - Analysis and history of a hymn

FINAL EXAM: Date to be determined.
This final exam will include information from all four units.  Students should review all previous homework and tests.  

<><><><><><><>INTERACTIVE HOMEWORK<><><><><><><><>                        

Biographies (5-8 Print and study the composer's Biography; Information will be included in the Unit 1 Final Exam)

Composers Ballots (3-8 Print Score)

Composers and Compositions Match (5-8 Print Score)

Famous Musicians (K-8 Print Score)

Concentration (5-8  Practice)

Concentration (K-4 Practice)

Classic Composers Word Search (3-8 Print Score)

Bach Quiz (K-8 Print score)

Beethoven Quiz (K-8 Print score)

Handle Quiz (K-8 Print score)

Haydn Quiz (K-8 Print score)

Mozart Quiz (K-8 Print score)

Schubert Quiz (K-8 Print score)


Music Lab online

Name the Notes (Grades K-8: Print score)

 Music Man Piano-1 (Grades K-4: Print score)

 Music Man Piano-2  (Grades K-4: Print score)

 Identify Piano Keys (Grades 5-8: Print score)

 Steps to Find the Note (5-8: Print score)
Play the Rhythm (5-8: Print score)


Instruments of the Orchestra ( G 5-8)

Listen to Families of Instruments (G 5-8)

Instrument Robbery (K-8 Print score) (G K-4)

Instrument’s Sound (K-8 Print score) (G K-8)

 Identify the Instrument (K-8 Print score) (G K-8)

Concentration (K-8 Print Score) (G 4-8)

Word Search  (4-8 Print Score) (G 4-8)

GAME - Invaders