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Elementary Performing Arts Curriculum Overview

The music program focuses on making music, and listening to and responding to music others have produced. Students sing, play instruments, move and create music. Once a skill has been introduced, it is reinforced in subsequent grade levels.

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Resource: Spotlight on Music, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill

Topics (kindergarten)

  • The singing voice through clear, light singing
  • Vocal flexibility and expression
  • Easy use of speaking, singing, whispering and calling voice qualities
  • Moving to a steady beat while singing or listening to musical instruments

Topics (first grade)

  • Singing with healthy vocal technique
  • Loud and soft in musical examples
  • Distinguishing between high and low pitches
  • Steady beat, simple rhythm patters and tempo
  • Playing classroom instruments with correct technique and consistent tempo
  • Improvising simple movement and instrument accompaniments
  • Recognizing same and different sections

Topics (second grade)

  • Matching pitches
  • Singing in a group
  • Playing simple rhythmic and melodic patterns
  • Using a system to read basic music notations, rhythmically and melodically
  • Improvising simple rhythms and melodies
  • ABA forms and call and response form
  • Recognizing the expressive qualities of dynamics

Topics (third grade)

  • Singing partner songs, rounds and canons
  • Singing a varied repertoire of songs with health vocal technique
  • Playing simple melodies on classroom instruments
  • Singing and identifying the pentatonic scale
  • Improvising simple melodies
  • Reading and writing more complex rhythms
  • Classifying by family the most common orchestral instruments
  • Identifying simple meters

Topics (fourth grade)

  • Reading from a two-part song
  • Singing countermelodies
  • Singing alone with accurate pitch matching
  • Recognizing theme and variations, rondo, and suite forms
  • Performing melodic and rhythmic patterns, including syncopation
  • Reading musical notation in the pentatonic scale
  • Improvising a melody using classroom instruments
  • Recognizing characteristics of orchestral instruments
  • Proper playing techniques for classroom instruments, including the recorder

Topics (fifth grade)

  • Singing part songs in a group
  • Performing simple rhythmic and harmonic patterns on classroom instruments
  • Improvising accompaniments using classroom instruments, voice or both
  • Common symbols and terms of music
  • Identifying aurally and visually lesser known instruments of the orchestra
  • Responding to a variety of music

Band (fifth grade)

In band, students study instrumental music. Through the development of instrumental techniques, ensemble skills, theory and history studies, students learn to appreciate music and become able to express music appropriate for their developmental level.


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