Music at Every Grade

Kindergarten music looks like...

  • exploring the voice
  • finding opposites in music (high/low, fast/slow, loud/soft, same/different)
  • listening, moving, and playing to the steady beat
  • creative play and drama games
  • movement
  • learning to work together with peers
  • playing rhythm sticks, hand drums and shakers


First grade music looks like...

  • finding the singing voice vs. the speaking voice
  • discovering the difference between steady beat and rhythm
  • ta and ti-ti rhythm patterns
  • exploring music through movement
  • listening with critical ears
  • starting to play the xylophone

Second grade music looks like...

  • singing with confidence alone or in a group, including rounds
  • reading and writing the rhythms ta, ti-ti, rest, and tiri-tiri
  • dancing in step
  • listening to, singing and reading the musical notes sol, mi, and la
  • improvising with classroom instruments

Third grade music looks like...

  • singing rounds and partner songs
  • reading and writing the rhythms ta, ti-ti, rest, tiri-tiri and syncopa
  • dances with partners
  • creative movement to different types of music
  • playing borduns and ostinati on xylophones and other classroom instruments
  • listening to, singing and reading the musical notes sol, mi, la, re and do
  • composing with sol and mi
  • playing the recorder

Fourth grade music looks like...

  • singing in parts
  • reading musical noes on the staff
  • reading and writing the rhythms ta, ti-ti, rest, tiri-tiri, syncopa, ti-tiri and tiri-ti
  • playing ukulele and drums
  • composing with sol, mi, la, do
  • listening and responding critically through writing

Fifth grade music looks like...

  • singing in chorus
  • playing instruments in small groups
  • focusing on music from many cultures
  • dancing traditional dances and choreographing new dances
  • reading and writing notes and rhythms on the musical staff

Sixth grade music looks like....

  • singing in chorus
  • exploring the musical modes from Ancient Greece
  • composing music in the modes
  • using music technology
  • playing the ukulele
  • using music to communicate knowledge of time, place, and/or emotion