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Westmont Hilltop School District

Music Theory

2020-2021 School Year
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gregorian Chant: 
 
Solo: 
 
Multiple voices with harmonies: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2019-2020 Activities: 
WEEK 9 (May 26th - June 1st) ENGAGING ACTIVITIES (FINAL WEEK):
 
For a final activity in Mr. Brumbaugh's class you may do one of the following activities as your final completion grade.  I hope everyone has a safe and healthy summer! 
 
OPTIONS:  (Remember, you only need to pick one as your final assignment). 
 
Activity Option #1 - Download the following "Fun Final" below and complete it.  It will be graded for completion and not accuracy but try your best.  You may email it back to jjb@whsd.org or put it in this google drive folder:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VhNj6GJInywTQXRDxzfTKqIwZXUtKCGF?usp=sharing
 
Activity Option #2Create a new piece of music in Garage Band or any music software you have you on your computer/device.  Make it at least 8 measures long and with at least 3 instruments.  You may email it to jjb@whsd.org or add it to the google folder listed in Activity 1.  
 
Activity Option #3 - Write a short paragraph (minimum 4 sentences) about the following:  "Where do you feel that you get your personal tastes in music?  Do the influences come from your family?  Your friends?  Your personal interests?  A combination of all of it?  Why do you think you like the music you like?  Answer the following question in this google form - https://forms.gle/UWGA7EpkaGHDeoZ17
 
 
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WEEK 8 (May 18th - May 25th) ENGAGING ACTIVITIES: 
 
Activity #1 - Theme and Variations.  Watch the following video I've recorded for you on theme and variation.  Don't mind how many times my computers stopped me to prompt me for a color change for some reason.
 
 
Activity #2 - Look at the picture below of London Bridge on your computer or device.  You can either print it out and do the assignment or download and write on the screen using your fancy devices.  For this activity you will take the theme of London Bridge and do 2 simple variations on the first 4 measures.  You may use a Rhythmic, Tonality, or Time Signature variation on each. 
Activity #3 - Email your completed assignment to Mr. Brumbaugh at jjb@whsd.org.  Alternate assignment:  If you are having trouble downloading the files in any way, you may do this assignment audibly in Garage Band and then just send me the file once completed.  You can also use this option as an optional extra assignment if you wish.  
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WEEK 7 (May 11th - May 18th) ENGAGING ACTIVITIES: 
 
This week's activities include playing a short "Name that Tune" game.  Follow the directions below for more details.
 
Activity #1 - Open this page in another window - SUPER FUN SONG IDENTIFICATION GAME (COVERS EDITION) - https://www.whsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=760004&type=u&pREC_ID=1929429

Activity #2 - Listen to the tracks to try and identify the song.  Each clip is about 15 seconds long.  The twist of this game is that all the of the songs are covers (Aka not by the original artist).  Most song are pop/rock/Disney songs from the past 30 years or so. 
 
Activity #3 - Open this Google form in another window and list as many songs as you can identify - https://forms.gle/PKfe8zMmT5usaDgC6.  There will be PRIZE to the student/students who can identify the most.  When you are done, hit the submit button.  It's okay to leave some blank if you do not recognize them.   Good luck!  
 
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WEEK 6 (May 4th - May 11th) ENGAGING ACTIVITIES: 
 
One of the things I miss most about Theory Class is listening to your "Sick Beat Friday" compositions.  I thought this week I would give you a prompt to write a new sick beat Friday as I'm sure your creative brain cells have been hankering for some composing.  If you do not have your Ipad at home or Garage Band on your phone I have an alternate assignment below: 
 
Activity #1 -  Open up Garage Band on your IPad or phone.  
 
Activity #2 - Write a sick beat Friday.  Your theme is "Isolation Opus".  Write something that you could listen to over and over if you were stuck on a desert island, or even if you are stuck home for quarantine.  If Chinese Live Loops are your thing - center your composition around that. If you just can't get enough of the Jazz Guitar Auto Plays, then write your piece around that.  Make sure it's at least 16 bars long.  (You can add more bars by clicking on the + sign in the upper right hand corner.  
 
Activity #3 - When you're finished - share your song.  Send it to "Email" as a "Song" and email it to jjb@whsd.org.  
Don't forget to give your piece a title! 
 
 
*****Alternate assignment if you do not have Garage Band - Head over to the General Music 9 Tab and complete the Week 6 assignment found there for your assignment.
 
 
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WEEK 5 (APRIL 27th - May 4th) ENGAGING ACTIVITIES: 
 
Engaging Activity #1 - Watch the quick video I've recorded on our new music theory concept -  "Numbered Music Notation".
   
 
 
Engaging Activity #2 -  Write out the Numbered Music Notation for the following melody:
 
Engaging Activity #3 - Email your finished project to Mr. Brumbaugh (jjb@whsd.org).  You can either type your numbered music notation into the email or attach a copy of your completed sheet.  
Take care!
 
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WEEK 4 (APRIL 20th - APRIL 27th) ENGAGING ACTIVITIES: 
 
Engaging Activity #1 - Watch the quick video I've recorded on our new music theory concept -  "Parsons Code".   
 
 
Engaging Activity #2 -  Write out the Parsons Code for the following Melody: 
Engaging Activity #3 - Email your finished parsons code to Mr. Brumbaugh (jjb@whsd.org). 
Have fun! 
 
 
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WEEK 3 (APRIL 13th - APRIL 17th) ENGAGING ACTIVITIES: 
 
All of our activities this week will use the website  https://radiooooo.com/
 
This website will play you popular songs from all over the world. 
 
ENGAGING ACTIVITY #1:
Start by choosing a decade from the bottom of the website (Example: 1990s, 1920s, etc).  Click on 3 or more countries and listen to the various songs you hear from that decade. 
 
ENGAGING ACTIVITY #2: 
Repeat the same activity above but this time change the style on the top to "Weird" and "Fast".  
 
ENGAGING ACTIVITY #3:
Repeat the same activity above but this time change the style on the top to "Slow" and "Weird". 
 
 
When you complete the above activities, send Mr. Brumbaugh an email with the favorite piece of music or song you discovered  - jjb@whsd.org.  You can also use this google survey to enter your song: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpa1k4EF9cdZqwdWj2hBRgIi_yRW_vdU4KaUEHssGyYojr9w/viewform?usp=sf_link 
 
 
 
 
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WEEK 2 (APRIL 6th - APRIL 12th) ENGAGING ACTIVITIES: 
 
 
Engaging Activity #1 - CHORD HUNTER EMAIL CHALLENGE! 
 
Take a look at the following piece of music and try to identify the chords 4 chords (I've included a help sheet above it).  Remember to figure out what notes are in a chord and match it up with the chords in the help sheet (some will be in inversions).  Once you find the 4 chords, take the first letter of each chord and put all 4 of them together to spell a word.  (For example if the first chord is a ii chord the letter would be "T" for Two chord).  Once you figure out the 4 letter word send it to jjb@whsd.org with that word in the subject.  Good luck!
Engaging Activity #2 - KEEP THE TEMPO

On this website - https://www.concerthotels.com/got-rhythm, click along with the beat as it plays (either with a space bar on a computer or by tapping your screen on a phone/device).   Eventually the beat will go away for about 10 seconds.  Continue feeling the rhythm internally and try to stay consistent with the tempo. At the end it will give you a score on how well you were able to stay with the beat.  Anything about 700 is a decent score.  Try the exercise until you score at least a 720.  The highest I've seen a student get on this is a 885 out of 1000 -  (Challenge accepted)! 
 
Engaging Activity #3 - MUSIC WEBSITE EXPLORATION 
 
Take some time to explore the website https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments.  Be sure to try some music to art experiments like "Kandinsky" or "Oscillators".  Create a mini song in the "Song Creator" section. 
 
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Mr. Brumbaugh's email - jjb@whsd.org 
 
MARCH 30th - APRIL 5th Activities 
 
 
Engaging Activity #1 - EAR TRAINING - INTERVALS
Go to https://www.musictheory.net/.  Once there, click on "Exercises" and then "Interval Identification".  Set the intervals to as many as you feel comfortable and try to get at least an 85% after doing 25 examples. 
 
 
Engaging Activity #2 - EAR TRAINING - CHORD QUALITY 
On the same website, try to identify 25 chord identifications (also under exercises) by telling whether they are Major, Minor, Augmented, or Diminished.  Remember that augmented and diminished will both sound rather dissonant but Augmented usually sounds much worse.  Try this until you receive an 85% on the website. 
 
Engaging Activity #3 - SONG LISTENING ACTIVITY 
 
Turn on the radio or put one of your devices on shuffle and listen to about 4 to 5 songs in a row.  As you listen to these songs see if you can identify three things about each song: 
1. Is it in a major or minor key 
2. What time signature is it in (Mostly likely 4/4, 6/8 or 3/4)
3. Can you identify the genre of the music just from listening (Rock, Hip-Hop, Alternative, Jazz, World, Electronica, etc)