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Music Education

Lakers Online offers an exceptional learning experience and is open to all students in West Bloomfield and Oakland County through the district's Schools of Choice program. Students will engage in interesting and rigorous coursework, add flexibility to their schedule, and gain experience with online classes in a supportive environment. All Lakers Online courses are taught by our specially qualified teachers.

Our Lakers Online Music Education offerings are detailed below:

Elementary

Grades K-1

Kindergarten and First Grade music classes are designed to create a rich, interactive environment where students can participate in a variety of musical experiences. The primary objectives for K-1 students are to develop their various musicianship skills, learn how to use their singing voice, perform simple rhythms, and to develop an awareness of how music and movement are connected using a highly engaging online platform.

Grades 2-3

Second and Third Grade music classes are designed to create a rich, interactive environment where students can participate in a variety of musical experiences. The primary objectives for 2nd and 3rd grade students are to continue to develop and differentiate their various musicianship skills, learn how to use their singing voice, read and perform simple rhythms, and to continue to develop an awareness of how music and movement are connected using a highly engaging online platform.

Grades 4-5

Fourth and fifth grade music classes are designed to create a rich, interactive environment where students can participate in a variety of musical experiences. The primary objectives for 4th and 5rd grade students are to continue to develop and differentiate their various musicianship skills, learn to use their singing voice, read and perform more complex rhythms, read music staff notation, play recorders, and move expressively to music. In addition, students will use highly engaging online platforms to record and compose their own melodies and rhythms.

Secondary

Music Appreciation

This is a non-performance class that explores music of various styles through listening experiences. All styles of music are covered (classical, folk, music theater, jazz, popular, etc.). Investigations of composers and performers integral to the styles are included in the class. Activities include listening, discussions, projects, and presentations on each style of music

Beginning Percussion

This music experience will introduce and develop the basic techniques of percussion playing and music reading. Perform on instruments, alone and with others, using a varied repertoire of music. Students will cover basic stick technique and apply it to drums, pitched percussion, and auxiliary percussion instruments. Students will learn rhythm and note reading as well as basic theory and musicianship skills.

Beginning
Choir

Introduction to a healthy approach to singing through learning simple songs, rounds and movement, also, the basics of music theory and note learning

Music Technology

During this project base learning experience students will also learn and apply musical concepts taught in a traditional setting like harmony, time signatures, dynamics, and expression, among others. Students will acquire the foundations for creating computer based music using varied software technologies that will introduce and enhance their understanding of basic digital recording techniques.

Beginning Instrumental: Strings

A Beginning class to learn how to play a violin, viola, cello or bass and learning to read music.

Instrumental:
Strings

This class will focus on continuing, expanding, and reinforcing the student’s musical development, such as: Articulation, Bow Techniques, Intonation, Rhythm, Shifting, Tone Quality, Vibrato, Dynamics, Sight-Reading, etc.; while learning and playing in a chamber ensemble setting.

Instrumental:
Winds

This Instrumental Winds will incorporate recorded playing assignments as well as music appreciation, study of genres that involve wind instrumentation, and music history as it interfaces with wind performance. Through performance, listening, and analysis, students will develop skills regarding tone, intonation, style, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and other foundational components of playing. Music theory will be introduced and built upon throughout the course to enhance understanding.

High School Only

AP Music Theory

This music class is designed for students who need it to advance their studies preparing for a career as well as for those who want it to enrich their music making. It is designed to develop musical skills that will lead to a thorough understanding of music composition and music theory. Students are prepared to take the AP Music Theory Exam when they have completed the course. The music literature to be studied will offer an overview of Western Art music, with emphasis on music of the Common Practice era (1600-1750). The students will be exposed to many styles of music, and representative composers from each era.