FOCUS: The sixth grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. Explores music theory from different points of view (writing, singing, playing). Includes a diverse perspective of cultures that influenced American music. FOCUS EXAMPLES: Study of African drumming, Mardi Gras Indians, and other cultures that influenced New Orleans; Introduction of traditions specific to New Orleans, such as first and second line. ROUTINES: Choral warm-ups, music notation, movement games, practice of performance material, and class discussions with themed cultural perspectives. SKILLS: Understanding solfège, music notation, song forms, and cultural interpretation through performance.