Music classes in grades K - 5 meet for two half-hour sessions each week.  Musical concepts and skills are taught sequentially at the developmentally appropriate level through listening, performing and creating using both acoustic instruments and technology. Students are evaluated on their effort, grade level skills and behavior.

 

Musical concepts include:  Steady beat, tempo, form, dynamics, harmony, meter, melody, rhythm, tone color, texture and history of music (style, culture and composers)

 

KINDERGARTEN

Students will develop skills in matching pitch, identifying tempo changes, and keeping a steady beat. They will identify and demonstrate melodies that ascend and descend. The students will utilize many percussion instruments while creating a variety of musical textures, forms, and compositions.

FIRST GRADE

Students will practice singing alone and in groups a variety of multicultural music. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and echoing rhythm patterns. Students will demonstrate on a variety of instruments dynamic and tempo changes. Students will begin to recognize musical symbols and terminology. Students will also practice following a conductor, listening and blending, and creating simple accompaniments.

SECOND GRADE

Students will continue to develop singing skills as they practice rounds and ostinatos. In addition, the students will create simple compositions which explore a variety of forms, modes, meters, and rhythmic patterns. The students will also recognize additional musical terminology including note and rest values. The students will work in small ensembles to create harmonic textures, accompaniments, and musical phrases. Students will begin to evaluate musical performances. The students will be introduced to singing and performing printed music form the Silver Burdett music text.

THIRD GRADE

Students will practice singing in tune rounds, canons, and partner songs. Emphasis will be placed on recognition of timbre produced by the four instrument families. Additional musical terms will be introduced to the students in regards to dynamics and tempo. The students will explore a variety of traditional and non-traditional sound sources when composing and arranging (synthesizer, sequencer).

FOURTH GRADE

Students will experience singing in harmony through the development of descants and part singing. They will practice identifying traditional forms including rondo, suite, and theme and variation. Study of diverse musical styles and cultures will help students develop techniques for musical composition. Students will practice reading music as they utilize the recorder to develop skills in phrasing and articulation.

FIFTH GRADE

Students will continue to develop musical reading skills while playing the recorder, keyboard, and xylophone. They will learn American musical styles including blues and jazz. The students will practice melodic and rhythmic dictation. Twentieth Century composers and compositional techniques will be studied.