Third Grade

Welcome to Third Grade Music!

Third grade music meets twice a week for 30 minutes. Mrs. Underhill's class meets Mondays and Thursdays from 10:15-10:45, while Mrs. Wolf's class meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:15-10:45. All parents are welcome to join their students in class at any time.

The Classes and Curriculum

Each third grade class follows a similar format.

  1. Opening - We will begin with vocal and movement warm-ups. These are designed to help further develop the singing voice in a healthy way as well as provide movement opportunities for the students.
  2. Literacy - Next, third graders will be working on music literacy. For the literacy component, I use materials called Conversational Solfege by Dr. John Feierabend. Third graders will be working on decoding, creating, reading, writing and composing basic rhythms in 6/8 time this year. Later in the year they will be working with rhythmic patterns containing the quarter rest. They will also be working on building a foundation for reading and composing with simple tonal patterns. Musical literacy is mostly taught through games and hands-on activities.
  3. Making Music - the making music component of each class will vary throughout the year. We will learn folk dances, learn to sing performance songs, play simple classroom instruments (drums, boomwhackers, xylophones), and learn playground songs/games.

Within the three-step format of lessons we will also be working on learning “about” music. This will include learning about musical genres, composers, instruments, and musical terminology.

About Conversational Solfege

"The simple premise on which the method is based is the same one which is advocated for in the teaching of foreign languages (or even one's own initial language). One should learn with his/her ears before learning with his/her eyes. In learning one's own language, there are five of six years in which language skills are developed by ear before the reading and/or writing of language is introduced. This natural process enables one to instinctively communicate verbally with words and later, after learning to read, learn to write those thoughts down." - Dr. John Feierabend, Conversational Solfege: Level 1

The process of teaching literacy in music follows 12 sequential steps.