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
- 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