The eighth grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. Explores music theory from different points of view (writing, singing, playing). And, the study of the development of American Music through blues and jazz. FOCUS EXAMPLES: Explores contributions and social conditions of African-Americans through the development of blues and jazz. The philosophy of blues and jazz around social justice, freedom and democracy. ROUTINES: choral warm-ups, music notation, movement games, practice of performance material, and class discussions on themed cultural perspectives. SKILLS: Understands active listening, solfège, music notation, jazz and blues song forms, blues songwriting, and cultural interpretation through performance.