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7th Grade General Music Expectations

Dover Middle/High School

Course Information and Expectations

General Music


Course Description

The purpose of this class is to introduce you to the basic elements of music theory, music history, and careers in the music industry. All students are expected to come to class with a willingness to learn and an open mind to new ideas and sounds of music.  You will be exposed to many different types of music from the six specific eras of music history to learning how to draw notes and create music, as well as learning about the many different careers available in the music industry.   Your willingness to have an open mind to these new ideas will benefit not only you, but your classmates as well.


Teacher Information

Name:  Mr. Justin Stockslager

Phone:  (845) 832-4520

E-mail: – will check by 10pm every night if possible

Website: – search my name; check frequently for updates on assignments, etc.


Course Objectives

  • To study and understand the basic elements of music theory and be able to use these skills to compose and notate music
  • To develop auditory skills through rhythmic and melodic dictations
  • To study composers from different musical periods and their music  in relation to world history
  • To study various careers in music and how they have and do impact society
  • To learn and develop skills needed to effectively work independently and with others


Class Requirements/Materials Needed

  • Listening log – in the form of a 1-subject spiral notebook/marble notebook.
  • Two sharpened pencils
  • You are responsible for any and ALL missed work due to ANY absence from class
  • Any HOMEWORK assigned is due the next day the class meets unless a separate due date is listed. Points will be lost if it is not finished on the due date.


Discipline Policy

Coincides with the rules and consequences as described in the Student Handbook


Student Expectations

Be Responsible                                                                                                                              Be Successful

                  Be on time, Complete assignments on time                                                      Do your best at all times

                  Come to class prepared                                                                                                            Have a positive attitude                                   

Be Cooperative                                                                                                                              Be Respectful

                  Follow directions                                                                                                            Communicate positively

                  Participate in all activities                                                                                          Accept individuality




ee Be NATURAL, never be FLAT and always stay SHARP! ee


The following guidelines for GRADING will comprise of:


Participation:  45%


This includes attendance, punctuality, attitude, cooperation, responsibility, self-discipline and participation in class activities. You must be in class, prepared, and on time to earn full participation points. You are expected to put forth your best effort, every day.


Test/Quizzes/Homework:  45%


There will be a number of quizzes during each quarter and an end of the year cumulative test.  Homework will be given occasionally, by discretion of the teacher.


Listening Logs:  10%


Listening logs will be completed each class period and will contribute to 10% of your overall grade.  It is very important to be in attendance at each class to be able to complete your listening log portfolio.


Many of the activities we will do in class will require group and whole class participation, so please feel welcome to contribute to class discussions or question/answer sessions.  Your input is a valuable asset to the class.



I, _______________________________ (print student name) have read, understand, and agree to the Course Syllabus, responsibilities and expectations for music class.


Student Signature _______________________________ Date__________________


Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________________Date_________


Parent/Guardian E-mail Address                                                                                    

Dover High School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5750   Fax: (845) 877-5759

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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