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Kindergarten 

 

We spend most of the year demonstrating knowledge of the steady beat during songs, dances, and using instruments.  We move a lot in kindergarten doing various partner dances, free space dances, and circle dances.  Focus will also be spend on music opposites such as high/low, fast/slow, long/short, and soft and loud.  Students will also begin to identify rhythm patterns using the terms ta and ti-ti and shh. Throughout the year we will also incorporate various holiday and seasonal songs and chants to correlate with the time of year.

 

First Grade 

 

We continue to build on curriculum learned in kindergarten such as keeping the steady beat and music opposites.  We will also focus on distinguishing between music having a beat or no beat and music being accompanied or unaccompanied.  Students will know which classroom instruments are pitched and non-pitched by sight and sound.  Students will also continue to identify rhythm patterns using the terms ta and ti-ti and shh.  Throughout the year we will also incorporate various holiday and seasonal songs and chants to correlate with the time of year.  First grade students will also present their very own program in the spring for friends and family!


Second Grade

 

Throughout the year, we use our very own music books and begin to read music and lyrics containing more than one verse.  We continue doing various partner dances, free space dances, and circle dances. Students will use various classroom instruments to play the ste

ady beat or specified rhythm patterns.  Throughout the year, students will identify and recognize sudden and gradual changes in expressive qualities in music such as tempo and dynamics.  Students will also be introduced to orchestral instruments through the book Carnival of the Animals.  Throughout the year we will also incorporate various holiday and seasonal songs and chants to correlate with the time of year.

 

Third Grade 

 

Students will do a short study on the ballet The Nutcracker in which we talk about orchestra instruments, form of music, and discuss the story of the Nutcracker.  Students will explore the music of world cultures through song, dance, and movement.  We will also do a long unit about the four instrument families of the orchestra.  Students will also begin to recognize and explain functions of musical symbols using music terminology for rhythm, pitch, and measures.

                                                                                                                                                                                       

Fourth Grade 

 

We begin our year working on our beloved Veterans’ Day Program. 

Students will begin the year reviewing the functions of musical symbols using music terminology for rhythm, pitch, and measures.

We also discuss and identify different forms in music including ABA and rondo.  Students spend the majority of the year playing the recorder instrument.  Students will learn how to play various songs using the notes B,A,G,E,D, and C.  The last quarter of the year we do a group jazz project were students research on the computer a specific topic in jazz and then present their findings to the class.


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Fifth Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Students begin the year reviewing music terminology and working on their program that we present in December.  We will also discuss their options for middle school and are visited by the middle school music teachers.  During this time, we review orchestral instruments and are introduced to some instruments from around the world.  After the unit, students will design their own instruments using household materials!  The students will review musical form and do a unit on theme and variations.  Composers such as Beethoven and Mozart will be discussed and listened to.  We end the year discussing some terms for tempo and performing our last song at the fifth grade ceremony.