First Grade

Welcome to First Grade Music!

First grade music meets twice a week for 30 minutes. Mrs. Fraser's class meets Mondays from 2:30-3:00 PM and on Fridays from 1:30-2:00. Mr. Nash's class meets from 2:30-3:00 on Wednesdays and 1:00-1:30 on Fridays. All parents are invited to attend a music class with their child at any time.

First grade music begins the year continuing with the experiential nature of music first explored in Kindergarten. About halfway through the year, we will begin focusing on literacy of simple rhythms. Students will learn to "decode" rhythms containing quarter notes and eighth note pairs. They will learn traditional children's songs using those rhythms. Eventually, they will compose their own rhythms and perform on classroom rhythm instruments.

Students in first grade are also still focusing on the basics learned in Kindergarten, mainly keeping a steady beat and singing in tune. Multiple songs and games are used to enhance their abilities in these areas.

Throughout the course of the year, first graders will learn about and master the following...

1. Identify the work "Appalachian Spring" by American composer Aaron Copland. They will also learn several facts about the composer's life.

2. Identify by sight and sound the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Trumpet, Snare Drum, Crash Cymbals, Xylophone, Grand Piano, Harp, Acoustic Guitar

3. Audience etiquette: when to enter/exit a performance, appropriate behavior while listening, when to clap.

4. Identify and perform quarter notes and half notes.

5. Define and demonstrate the dynamics piano and forte.

6. Identify the musical staff.

7. They will apply music learning in novel situations, explore independent improvisation, and make musical connections to the broader world.

Songs We Know