Weeks 1-3
Part 1 of the assignment:

You are expected to find two people that you can easily talk to (at home, over the phone, online) such as your parents, grandparents, siblings, friends relatives, etc.. [PLEASE DO THESE INTERVIEWS WITH PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSE OR USING TECHNOLOGY]

Middle School Page 1

Come up with 10 questions you want to ask the person being interviewed and write them down.  Try to come up with questions that would make sense for the person you are asking.  Below are some sample questions if you get stuck.

Middle School Page 2

Get all of your materials ready and conduct the two interviews.  Write their answers down and then organize them on the question and answer pages.

Middle School Page 3

Question and answer pages Interview #1

Question Sheets 1
Question and answer pages Interview #2
Questions page 2

You are done with the first part of the Interview process!
Part 2 of the assignment:

Part 2 asks you to create your own "Newsletter".  To do this, you take your interviews that you took in part 1, but now create something you might see on a blog or in a magazine.

Week 1-3 Part 2

This "Newsletter" should include the following

1.) A title
2.) A picture of your interviewee (printed or drawn)
3.) All of the questions and answers (in order, for the reader to read as if they were there with you)
4.) Decorations to spruce it up

Below is the template that is given to you from the packet

Newsletter Template

You can submit your Interviews and "Newsletters" to Mr. King by:
1.) Turning in the packet at the school when you pick up your next packet
2.) Taking a picture of it and emailing it to Mr. King at Alex.King@k12.dc.gov
3.) Taking a picture of it and texting it to Mr. King at (202)695-3890

Week 1-3 Assignment


Below is an example of the Middle School Music Packet.  It uses the sample questions, but you can choose to come up with your own questions if you prefer.  I also answered all of the questions, but you are only asked to use 10 questions.


Interviewer:  Sample Questions

Interviewee: Mr. King

 Mr. King


  1. Tell me a little about yourself.

    My name is Mr. King, I am the music teacher at Browne EC, and I love dogs, hiking, and cooing.

  2. What kind of music do you like?

    I like all kinds of music, I can find something I like in just about every genre, but gravitate towards music with funk or soul vibes.

  3. Can you sing?

    I sure can, I’ve been singing in the class room for years, and I was the singer in a band when I was in Grad School.

  4. Can you play a musical instrument?

    Well along with singing, I got my Bachelors degree in Music with focuses in Music Education and Percussion (drums).  I also have picked up some piano and guitar.

  5. How long have you been doing that?

    I started playing drums when I was 8 years old.  I picked up piano in college and guitar when I started teaching.

  6. Are you good at it?

    I’m better than when I started, but not as good as I will be in the future.  Music is a skill and requires practice and the act of making music in order to get or stay good at it. 

  7. Who is your favorite singer?

    I would say Bill Withers, he’s made some of my favorite music, and every time I listen to one of his songs, I can help but sing with him.

  8. Do you like all kinds of music?

    I can find something I like in every kind of music, that doesn’t mean that I like everything in all kinds of music, but I try to keep an open mind and focus on what I do like in a song, regardless of the kind of music.

  9. Which kind of music do you like?

    Funk, Soul, Motown, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, etc… For me, it has more to do about the song or the performer(s) than the kind of music itself. 

  10. How much time do you spend listening to music?

    Too much and somehow not enough.  I try to listen to new music every week, while I also tend to go back to the same favorites all the time too.  There’s so much music out there to discover, it can be too much sometimes.


  11. Do you like to go to concerts?

    Absolutely, seeing a performance live is so different than what you hear on an record, they have to bring a different level of energy and the audience gets to be a part of that energy.  Experiencing it from both the performer side and the audience side, it’s a great feeling all around.

  12. Why is music so important to you and culture?

    Music is so much to so many people, to some it is a way to relax, to others it is a way to get hyped up and excited, for others it is a way to feel an emotion like sadness, anger, happiness, frustration, etc. and feel like your not the only one who feels it.  For me, its about all of that, and when you’re making music, your working with others, thinking critically, sometimes failing and getting back up and trying again, its how I learned to learn in a lot of ways, and now I apply the same lessons to things like cooking or drawing that I did when I was learning to play an instrument.

  13. What do you think about this music (music on your playlist)?

    [Since I’m doing this on my own, feel free to suggest music for me to listen to and I’ll tell you what I think]

  14. Who is your favorite composer?

    So hard to pick a favorite anything in music at this point in my life, there is so much great music and the writers of those songs can be one person or a group of people, a few composers that I enjoy would be Miles Davis, Claude de Busy, the Bomb Squad, Anderson Paak, Bill Withers, I could go on for days, but I won’t.