Curriculum Night (8th Grade)

I.  The Big Ideas

II.  Eighth Grade vs. Seventh Grade
  • Eighth grade music significantly deepens the work in music.  In addition to continuing skill-building on their instruments, students also:
    • Develop skills in audiation and singing
    • Learn to read staff notation (first notation assignment due Friday)
    • Produce music using and sound editing and mixing technology
    • Pick a second, rhythm or harmonizing instrument: guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard (optional)
    • Form an orchestra and give their first concert as a group of 60 eighth graders (performance in March)
    • Form a rock band and write songs (performances at Passages)
  • Out of School opportunity: Queens Honors Orchestra (Salute to Music)

III.  What You Can Do
  • Check in regularly with your child on whether s/he is on track in Music and understands the new content (singing and reading music is important!).
  • Support and supervise practicing.  Ask your child to play for you.
  • Come to POLs and performances!
  • Thank you for supporting Music at MELS.  Over half of the school participates in Music!

IV.  Resources
  • Mr. Shieh's Website ( & e-mail (
  • Online tutorials
  • Jumprope
  • Lunch open practice every Wednesday
  • Signing out an instrument
  • Purchase an instrument?  (See attachment below)

V.  Instrument safety at home
  • Keep the instrument out of the heat or cold and away from pets
  • Keep the instrument in its case when not in use.  Do not let siblings play
  • Do not tune or attempt to repair the instrument
Eric Shieh,
Sep 30, 2015, 6:51 AM
Eric Shieh,
Sep 30, 2015, 6:51 AM