HANDEL TO HIP HOP
Instructor: Benjamin Potvin
Phone: (207) 985-1110 x263
Cell: (207) 450-3871
Fax: (207) 985-1350
Tuesday after school
or any day by appointment
1. Steel Pan Ensemble
2. IB Music I SL
4. Wind Ensemble
1. Academic Study (50B)
3. Concert Band
4. World of Music
I. Course Description:
Handel to Hip Hop is a semester course that provides an introduction to music through musical history exploration.
II. Educational Objectives:
Having followed the music course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. knowledge, understanding and perception of music in relation to time, place and cultures
2. appropriate musical terminology to describe and reflect their critical understanding of music
3. comparative analysis of music in relation to time, place and cultures
4. creative skills through exploration, control and development of musical elements
5. critical-thinking skills through reflective thought.
III.Textbook and Materials:
Forney, Krstine. The Enjoyment of Music - 11th Edition. New York: W.W. Norton &
Supplemental handouts and sheet music
• 3-ring binder/folder, paper, and a PENCIL
IV. Responsibility and Expectations:
1.Respect all individuals, opinions and abilities
2.Listen when another student or the teacher is speaking (i.e. no talking or playing out of turn)
3.Be prepared to work during EACH class day
4.While in class, a student will only do steel pan work and not work for another class
5.No cell phones will be allowed during class
6.Come to class on time with the appropriate materials
When discipline issues arise, the teacher will correct the misbehavior using a three strikes system. If a severe level of discipline arises, Step 3 actions may take place immediately.
2. Director/student conference immediately after class
3. Dismissal from class and after school detention to follow
The teacher will also follow the discipline policies of KHS which include phoning home, administrative referral, and as a last resort, a meeting between student, teacher and administrator.
VI. Homework/Late Assignments:
If a student misses school, it is their responsibility to get the assignment from the teacher via e-mail or in person. A student has one day for every missed day, plus a day, to make up their work.
Work is due at the beginning of the class that it is assigned for (unless otherwise stated)
Work that is not completed will be entered as a zero until it is completed. Uncompleted work will remain a zero at the end of the quarter.
Study, practice and personal participation are the essence of this course
• The course is graded 0-100:
1. Guiding Principles (daily participation and preparation) 20%
2.Written work / Products 80%
3. Midterm or Final Exam 20% (of Semester Average) A.) written & B.) performance
VIII. Extra Help/Communication:
Students, please see me if you have any problems in class or with certain assignments. I am available after school on Tuesdays, during free blocks, or any other time by appointment. Parents/Guardians, talk to your child about what is going on in school and encourage them to seek extra help. Students, guardians, and teachers need to keep open communication between school and home if success is to occur. If any concern arises inside or outside of the classroom, please contact me directly.