Welcome to the web page for 8th grade music at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy Upper School! For more information regarding music opportunities for your student over the summer, please check out the "MORE" tab!
Mr. Todd Mulder has been teaching music, band and choir for the past 7 years (the last 3 at SHPA). Mr. Mulder grew up in South Dakota where he attended Augustana College. He received his BA in Music Educaction, french horn performance and ESL instruction in 2011.
After graduating Augustana, Mr. Mulder moved to Washington, DC where he worked as a reading teacher and intern with DC Public Schools in the library media services division. Here, Mr. Mulder helped to develop district-wide reading programs, literacy interventions and ESL instruction protocols. After DCPS, Mr. Mulder worked in both public and private schools in Virginia where he taught band, choir, general music and orchestra to students in grades K-8. Mr. Mulder also worked to develop jazz and music theater programs with Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia which helped fund and support school music programs.
In 2015, Mr. Mulder relocated to Minnesota where he taught briefly in St. Paul and then at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy. Currently, Mr. Mulder is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure.
In his spare time, Mr. Mulder enjoys traveling the globe with his husband (they have been to France, Germany, India, Bahamas, Mexico and England), spending time with pets, going to movies, and of course music! Mr. Mulder plays piano, organ, french horn, flute and violin.
The Elements of Music and Music Theory
Students will begin exploring the elements of music (tone, harmony, melody, rhythm, dynamics to mention a few) and how the components of sound are used to create emotion.
Following elements of music study, more advanced music theory concepts will be studied to allow students to write and perform their own music compositions later in the quarter.
8th Grade students will explore historical topics in music from the Late Romantic Period through the Modern Era. Students will study about how different composers, styles of composition, and significant historical events affected the elements and production of music over time. Students will research and present information and an aural example on a composer of their choosing over the duration of the course.
Students will study different non-Western cultures and their contributions to world music. They will learn about different instruments and their classification, styles of composition, world drumming, and music theater. Students will determine the function of music in other cultures and its significance in cultural and historical traditions. Cultures covered in world music exploration include but are not limited to: Africa, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Australia, Native American, South/Central America, Ireland, Middle East, and Russia.
General Music courses at SHPA will contain a music performance component. Once per week, students will practice putting their musical knowledge into action through singing, playing instruments, and doing in-class musical theater. For additional performance opportunities, students are highly encouraged to join band or choir.
***For more detailed information regarding the music curriculum at SHPA Upper School, please visit the "Files and Materials" tab and select "Upper School Music Scope and Sequence" document.***
Summer Music Opportunities
SHPA Summer Band Camp (grades 5-9; contact Ms. Michelle Klemmer for details)
MacPhail Center for Music https://www.macphail.org/for-youth/summercamps/
Angelica Cantati Youth Choirs https://www.angelicacantanti.org/2018summerchoir
Girls Rock 'n' Roll Retreat https://sherocksherock.org/g-r-r-r
Twin Cities Orchestra Camp https://www.gtcys.org/orchestras/string-orchestra-camp
House of Music Camps http://lhhouseofmusic.com/summer_camps.html