Mount Pleasant High School

 Mrs.Kelly Hanson ◆ (302) 762-7125 ◆

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Music Technology & Composition explores the fundamental

concepts of how music is created. The course is designed for any student, regardless of

previous musical experience. Music will be studied and created primarily using iPad apps and

other forms of technology. iPads will be used to create various instrument sounds, to organize

musical ideas, to develop lyrics, to record compositions, and to perform. Students will learn

about different styles of musical composition, but may choose a style to focus on for their own

compositions. Assignments will include both individual and group projects, culminating in an

individual composition at the end of the course.


• To gain a greater understanding of how music is organized in a variety of styles

• To compose music in various styles

• To express personal emotions through song lyrics

• To use technology to create and share personal musical ideas

• To perform music using iPads

• To collaborate with peers through project-based learning

• To evaluate musical performances and compositions

• To increase digital literacy


Provided by Mrs. Hanson: iPad, music apps, course content, headphones

Provided by student: headphones (optional), pencil, 3-ring binder with paper

Many class handouts will be found electronically on Schoology.

Every student is fully expected to treat the teacher, other students, and all equipment with

complete and total respect. Failure to do so will result in being sent out of class with possible

additional consequences. Each student will be held personally responsible for any damage done to an iPad or other equipment that may be used over the course of this class. Broken equipment must be reported to Mrs. Hanson immediately.


Each marking period grade is made up of the average of two types of grades, formative (30%)

and summative (70%). These grades include, but are not limited to:

1. Formative: Daily performance/task grades, written assignments, and progress on portions of


2. Summative: Projects, in-class performances, Schoology uploads of finished pieces,

presentations, playing tests, written tests, etc.

Classroom Requirements:

1. Every student is expected to be organized and responsible.

2. When the bell rings, students are in their assigned seats waiting for instructions.

3. Technology is used correctly and appropriately, according to the BSD Acceptable Use

Policy and guidelines set by Mrs. Hanson.

4. Students must receive permission before leaving the classroom, even when it is to work

on an in-class assignment.

5. Respect the teacher’s requests. This includes requests of substitutes and student teachers.

6. Be respectful of every student in the class.

7. Use positive language.

8. Do not play the pianos without permission.

9. Food, drink, and gum are not permitted. Water is acceptable.

10. Show Mount P.R.I.D.E.

Delaware & National Core Arts Music Technology Standards:

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Anchor Standard 6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work

Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding