• Music Curriculum
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    Kindergarten
    Students will:
     bullet recognize different instruments by timbre (the way they sound)
     bullet move to a steady beat
     bullet learn to sing in tune with different pitches
     bullet explore playing barred instruments
     bullet recognize tempo (fast and slow) differences
     bullet differentiate between quiet and loud
     bullet recognize high and low pitches
     bullet play simple patterns on non-pitched percussion instruments
     bullet work in a cooperative group (through all grades)
     
          
    1st Grade
    Students will:
     bullet recognize high and low pitches
     bullet hear upward and downward melodic movement
     bullet recognize repeated phrases and patterns
     bullet read and play simple patterns on instruments
     bullet sing songs from different cultures
     bullet continue developing proper playing technique on instruments
     bullet recognize even and uneven patterns
     bullet create melodies on pitched percussion instruments
     bullet continue developing singing technique and pitch
     bullet move to a steady beat
         
     
    2nd Grade
    Students will:
     bullet recognize same, different and similar melodic patterns
     bullet demonstrate understanding of phrase length
     bullet find repetition and contrast in AB and ABA form
     bullet sing more accurately on pitch with a greater range
     bullet recognize more instruments by timbre (the way they sound)
     bullet play melodies and accompaniments on instruments
     bullet move rhythmically to a steady beat
     bullet sing and play songs from different cultures
     bullet create melodies on instruments
     bullet read and play rhythms using eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, quarter rests 
       and half rests
        
      
    3rd Grade
    Students will:
     bullet demonstrate understanding of strong and weak beats in meters of 2 and 3
     bullet create melodies within specific guidelines on pitched percussion
     bullet recognize music symbols
     bullet demonstrate understanding of melodic movement by step, leap and repeat
     bullet sing and dance to songs of different cultures
     bullet sing more accurately on pitch with a greater range
     bullet move rhythmically to a steady beat
     bullet demonstrate understanding of form (how music is put together)
     bullet play melodies and accompaniments on instruments
     bullet read and play rhythms using quarter, eighth, half and whole notes, and quarter,
       half and whole rests
            
       
    4th Grade
    Students will:
     bullet read and play more complex rhythm patterns (syncopation, sixteenth notes)
     bullet recognize chord progressions
     bullet sing in rounds
     bullet move rhythmically to a steady beat
     bullet create chants and accompaniments
     bullet read and write notes on a staff
     bullet begin playing the recorder (a flute-like wind instrument) and develop playing skills
     bullet create melodies on the recorder
     bullet create melodies on pitched percussion
     bullet sing and dance to songs of different cultures
        
     
    5th Grade
    Students will:
     bullet read and play more complex rhythm patterns (cross rhythms)
     bullet continue developing recorder skills
     bullet create melodies on recorder and play alone
     bullet move rhythmically to a steady beat
     bullet create melodies and accompaniments within specific guidelines
     bullet sing songs of different cultures
     bullet sing songs in a variety of styles
     bullet write melodies and accompaniments for varied instruments
     bullet read and write music on a staff
     bullet demonstrate understanding of chord progressions
                  
      

    This is just a partial list of all the exciting things students will learn in music.  In order to achieve these goals, I have adopted an eclectic approach to music education.  Some of the methodologies I use are the Orff Process, the Kodály Method and the Dalcroze Approach.

             

    As you hear of all these exciting and fun activities, you might find it difficult to stay away.  You are always welcome in our music classroom - please call first to let us know you might be coming.  Just be aware that if you show up, you might have to participate!