Music Curriculum

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Kindergarten
The Music program in Kindergarten is based on building a foundation of musical skill development including pitch matching, steady beat, and such opposites as: loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow, long/short, choppy/smooth. Goals in this child centered-environment are accomplished through active participation and exploration in singing, listening, playing classroom rhythmic instruments, moving and playing musical games.

Grade 1
The Music program in Grade 1 begins with a review of the concepts of pitch matching, steady beat, and loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow, long/short, choppy/smooth. With this foundation of musical skill development, the concepts of rhythm, melodic line, form and timbre recognition are added. Goals in this child-centered environment are accomplished through active participation and exploration in singing, listening, playing classroom rhythmic instruments, moving and playing musical games.

Grade 2
The Music program in Grade 2 is built on a foundation of feeling the steady beat, and singing and listening to a varied seasonal and multi-cultural repertory of songs. Abstract thinking skills develop through labeling previously explored concepts, including rhythm, melody, form and harmony. Musical skills begin to be refined in playing rhythmic and melodic percussion instruments and in creating accompaniments. Simple folk dances, movement and games are introduced in order to keep students actively involved and to extend learned concepts.

Grade 3
The Music program in Grade 3 is built on a foundation of feeling the steady beat, singing, listening and moving to a varied seasonal and multi-cultural repertory of songs, dances and games. Abstract thinking skills develop through labeling previously explored concepts of rhythm, melody, form and harmony. Learning to play the recorder is an integral, unifying component in the curriculum that lends itself to the additional musical skills of reading, writing and playing standard notation. Students continue to explore all concepts through active participation, and improvisation and composition on rhythmic and melodic instruments.

Grade 4
The Music program in Grade 4 is built on a foundation of feeling the steady beat, singing, listening and moving to a varied seasonal and multi-cultural repertory of songs, dances and games. The concepts of rhythm, melody, form and harmony are also experienced through active participation in playing classroom rhythmic and melodic instruments, reading and writing standard notation, improvisation and composition. 
Fourth graders may elect to study string or band instruments. 

Grade 5
The Music program in Grade 5 is built on a foundation of feeling the steady beat, singing, listening and moving to a varied seasonal and multi-cultural repertory of songs, dances and games that establish the concepts of rhythm, melody, form and harmony. Musical skills are refined through active participation in 2-part singing, playing rhythmic and melodic instruments, reading and writing standard notation, improvisation and composition. 
Fifth graders may elect to study string or band instruments. 

 

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