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    Here is an overview of the key musical skills and concepts we will focus on this year. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a curriculum outline for the year.
    After each concept is a letter in parentheses:
    (I) indicates that this concept is being introduced for the first time this year;
    (X) indicates that a concept, which has been introduced previously, is being further explored this year;
    (M) indicates that this concept will be mastered this year. After a concept is mastered, it will be reviewed and used to introduce other, more challenging concepts.

    BEAT Students will:

    · demonstrate a steady beat at changing tempos. (I)

    · play a steady beat while singing a song or speaking a rhyme. (M)

    RHYTHM Students will:

    · play, read and compose rhythmic patterns using:
    3rd grade rhthms

    METER Students will:

    · demonstrate an understanding of phrase length. (M)

    · sing, move, and play pitched and unpitched percussion instruments in 2/4, 4/4, 6/8 and 3/4 time. (I)

    FORM Students will:

    · sing and play two-part canons, and five part rondos. (I)

    · experience, perform and create "introduction", “interlude” and "coda" sections. (I)

    MELODY Students will:

    · read notes on the treble clef staff. (I)

    · sight-sing simple melodies using the solfege syllables "low so", "low la", "do", "re", "mi", "so", "la" and "high do". (I)

    · demonstrate Curwen-Glover hand signs for "do", "re", "mi", "so" and "la". (I)

    · improvise and compose melodies on pitched percussion instruments. (X)

    HARMONY Students will:

    · experience singing two-part harmony (melody + ostinato). (M)

    · demonstrate a crossover bordun on pitched percussion instruments. (I)

    · perform melodic improvisations on pitched percussion instruments. (M)

    EXPRESSION Students will:

    · describe and perform "accent", "crescendo", "diminuendo" and "fermata". (I)

    TIMBRE Students will:

    · identify pitched percussion instruments by their register and tone quality. (M)

    · identify unpitched percussion instruments by their tone quality alone. (M)

    STYLE Students will:

    · perform and move to cultivated and vernacular music from various historic periods and world cultures. (X)