Mr. Alex Cyran - 6th Grade Polynesian Music
Mr. Alex Cyran brings to Kea'au Middle School over 20 years of experience teaching Hawaiian music. With two college degrees in music, he has taught every grade level, from pre-school through grade 12, in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Hawai'i.
- Vocal Music - Mr. Cyran's background in vocal music includes course work at the ivy league school, Columbia University, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and Queens College in New York City. The Hawai'i Opera Chorus and the Honolulu Symphony Chorus are among the many choruses he has performed with.
- Ukulele - With extensive study of traditional Spanish guitar and ukulele going back to when Mr. Cyran was himself a middle school student, Kea'au Middle School students learn to play chord accompaniment for the Hawaiian songs learned in class. He teaches ukulele using the traditional technique from the Iberian peninsula of Europe (Spain and Portugal) dating back hundreds of years, and then brought to the African island of Madeira before arriving in Hawai'i in the late 1870's.
Polynesian Music Syllabus
2017-2018 School Year
Semester 1: Introduction to Polynesian Music
Semester 2: Beginning Polynesian Music
Mr. Cyran, Polynesian Music Teacher, Room M-Choral, M Building
Introduction to Polynesian Music and Beginning Polynesian Music are two consecutive semester courses on the culture, art, music, and language of the people of Hawai‘i, Polynesia, and other areas of the Malayo-Polynesian speaking people, where students:
· Gain an understanding of the music of these cultures from an ethno-musicological perspective,
· Develop a repertoire of ethnic chants and songs,
· Participate in music and in cultural learning activities,
· Perform for audiences at public music events during the school year.
· Develop an understanding of the geography, history, and culture of Polynesia and other Malayo-Polynesian language-speaking people in relation to the music studied in class,
· Read and correctly pronounce Malayo-Polynesian language words in chants and songs,
· Recognize and understand the meaning of frequently occurring Hawaiian and other Malayo-Polynesian words in songs and chants,
· Develop and apply proper vocal skills in singing,
· Understand and compare the role of music in Malayo-Polynesian cultures,
· Learn and apply performance skills/stage etiquette for audiences at public music events,
· Evaluate musical performances.
Daily Required Materials:
Information on the Home-School Notebook:
The Home-School Notebook provides regular two-way communication between parents/guardians and each teacher. Teachers write short notes, as needed, usually at the bottom of the column for the day. Please look for these teacher notes as you monitor what your child writes in each period block. You may also write notes to a teacher here, or reply to a teacher’s note to you. By keeping in communication with your child’s teachers you will be helping your child have a positive experience at Kea‘au Middle School.
Grading and Assessment:
Students will be provided multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning:
· Formative assessments, such as daily work, in-class performances, communications regarding the learning goals, and student reflections will provide on-going information regarding progress.
· Summative assessments, such as exams, presentations, teacher-student interviews, and participation at parent/community performances to determine the final grade.
A= 100%-90% B= 80%-89% C= 70%-79% D= 60%-69% F= 0%-59%
1. Observe Schoolwide Behavior Expectations:
3. Participate during class: Students will have opportunities to sing, perform, collaborate, read, write, and work in small and large groups, and are expected to actively participate in all class activities during class time.
4. Participate in the evening Dec. 13 and April 26 performances for the parents/community.
5. Arrive on time and actively participate in the four mandatory lunch whole-group rehearsals before each of the two evening performances.
6. Have fun learning and performing!
Differentiated Instruction in Polynesian Music Class
As students show competency on learning tasks, groups of students will be moved to higher level learning tasks as shown in the chart below.
LEVEL 4: Select students who demonstrate the highest achievement in levels 1, 2, and 3 will be invited to study one or more specialized Polynesian musical instruments.
LEVEL 3: Students who demonstrate high achievement in singing while playing ukulele chords at the same time in level 2, will advance to melody playing on ukulele and solo ukulele playing.
LEVEL 2: Students who demonstrate mastery of Polynesian language singing and chanting in level 1 will learn to play chords on ukulele and will learn to accompany their own singing by playing ukulele chords.
LEVEL 1 (Basic level for all students): Students learn proper singing skills and apply these to Hawaiian/Polynesian language songs. They will perform chants and learn related cultural information about Hawai‘i and Polynesia.
Student and parents are welcome to access up-to-date grading information in Polynesian Music class, as well as in their other classes, through the Infinite Campus website on the internet. Parents are encouraged to log into this site regularly to monitor how well their child is progressing in class.