I would like to share with you a list of musical skills and concepts taught throughout the school year which include responding to music, creating music, performing music and connecting music to ourselves and the world around us.
September/October - Introductory singing to encourage vocal technique, treble clef music staff note reading review, identifying, clapping and reading rhythmic patterns, creating rhythmic compositions.
November/December - Continue work on rhythm to prepare for playing recorders in the Winter, form - theme and variations - Charles Ives "Variations on America", studying the history and words to the "Star Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful" and being able to connect those two important pieces to our lives and the world around us, studying Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" , analyzing the music and how it relates to the story.
January/February - Learning about all of the instruments in the orchestra - identifying them visually and aurally, learning about a conductor - their role in leading the orchestra and the beat patterns they use to conduct as it relates to the rhythms we will be playing on the recorders.
March/April - Combining notation and rhythmic patterns to be played on the recorder. Recorder instruction is given weekly during class time. Students are expected to practice their recorders at home. Students will be assessed in a solo recorder performance at the end of the unit.
May/June - Complete recorder unit, revisit African Drumming from third grade, revisit Colonial Contra Dancing, prepare songs and poems for Memorial Day Observance.