Music

Music

Younger grade levels meet for music instruction twice a week, while upper grade levels meet once a week. Grades 2-4 perform a choral concert around Christmas. Kindergarten and 1st Grade perform a mid-winter concert. Grades 5-7 preform a spring concert. 8th Grade performs a musical in May.

 General Curriculum Philosophy and Goals:

1.Music has a place in the lives of all children.
2. Students are encouraged to leave the elementary music program with a desire to further their musical education.
3. The elementary music program enables students to develop a lifelong and knowledgeable appreciation of music.
4. The elementary music program extends, enriches and supports the total curriculum and learning process of the school.

Kindergarten students will:

  • Demonstrate good posture habits while singing
  • Begin to sing on pitch and in rhythm
  • Show recognition of fast and slow tempos
  • Keep a steady beat while accompanying class songs
  • Experience examples of music from various cultures
  • Demonstrate cooperative group skills and positive self-concept through a musical performance on stage.

First Grade students will:

  • Demonstrate good posture habits while singing
  • Sing on pitch and in rhythm
  • Recognize and identify classroom instruments and their sounds
  • Use classroom instruments to play rhythmic patterns
  • Use movement to demonstrate beat, style, and mood
  • Experience examples of music from various cultures and composers
  • Demonstrate cooperative group skills and positive self-concept through a musical performance on stage.

Second Grade students will:

  • Demonstrate good posture habits while singing
  • Sing on pitch, in rhythm and with expression
  • Use classroom instruments to echo rhythms and melodic patterns
  • Read quarter note, two eights, and quarter rest
  • Describe how dynamics affect the moods and/or ideas of songs
  • Experience examples of music from various cultures and composers
  • Demonstrate cooperative group skills and positive self-concept through a musical performance on stage.

Third Grade students will:

  • Demonstrate good posture habits while singing
  • Sing simple rounds
  • Read whole note, half note, quarter note,, eighth notes, and quarter rest
  • Identify staff, treble clef, and repeat sign
  • Perform basic folk dances
  • Aurally identify individual orchestral instrument
  • Experience examples of music from various cultures and composers
  • Demonstrate cooperative group skills and positive self-concept through a musical performance on stage

Fourth Grade students will:

  • Demonstrate good posture habits while singing
  • Sing simple rounds
  • Expand knowledge of musical symbols to include forte, piano, crescendo, and decrescendo
  • Create and deliver a singing telegram
  • Perform basic dances
  • Experience examples of music from various cultures and composers
  • Demonstrate cooperative group skills and positive self-concept through a musical performance on stage.

Fifth Grade students will:

  • Demonstrate good posture habits while singing
  • Sing simple rounds and partner songs
  • Practice choreography and perform basic folk and ballroom dances
  • Reinforce knowledge of musical terms and symbols and learn to read standard notation
  • Learn about the lives and times of various composers
  • Experience examples of music from various cultures and composers
  • Demonstrate cooperative group skills and positive self-concept through a musical performance on stage.

Sixth Grade students will:

  • Demonstrate good posture habits while singing
  • Sing partner songs and simple two-part arrangements of memorized music while responding to the cues of a conductor
  • Perform choreography and basic folk and ballroom dances
  • Reinforce knowledge of musical terms and symbols and reading standard notation
  • Learn about the lives and times of various composers
  • Experience examples of music from various cultures and composers
  • Demonstrate cooperative group skills and positive self-concept through a musical performance on stage.

Seventh Grade students will:

  • Demonstrate good posture habits while singing
  • Sing partner songs and simple two-part arrangements of memorized music while responding to cues from the conductor
  • Perform choreography and basic folk and ballroom dances
  • Learn about the lives and times of various composers
  • Experience examples of music from various cultures and composers
  • Demonstrate cooperative group skills and positive self-concept through a musical performance on stage
  • Engage in conversation about plays and musical productions

Eight Grade students are taught Music/Drama and will:

  • Learn the basics of stage movement and presentation
  • Learn basic acting, improvisation and rehearsal skills
  • Learn backstage skills needed for a performance
  • Learn choreography needed for songs and dance
  • Use skills learned to prepare and perform a full staged musical for the school, parents, and community