All 6th grade students take this 12-week course. The course is dedicated to understanding, performing, and composing music reflecting a wide range of musical influences. Students learn how to read and perform complex African rhythms. They then write their own compositions, drawing upon African rhythmic structures. In conjunction with the global studies focus in 6th grade social studies, students also learn about the music of China, Japan, France, and Latin America among others.
Also included in the 6th grade general music course is an introduction to the guitar and electronic keyboard. Students learn the basics of chord structure, fingering positions, and note reading. Students create and perform their own compositions.