PK & K (Tuesday & Wednesday)– SEPTEMBER: We have started the year with body recognition and movements through the use of echo and animal songs. Students start with music to learn the songs with small movements. We will also be adding songs about color, passing a ball in a circle and trying some songs about the fall season (apples). OCTOBER: 5 Little Pumpkins is our new theme. Students have learned the story and hand gestures. They are now singing through the story while using all movements. The final step is to use the gym space to act out the entire story in groups of 5 while their classmates sing for them. Pumpkin Rolls are one of the classes favorite Pumpkin activities. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: We will be participating in some seasonal songs and games as well as practicing songs, concert rules and behavior for our concert on December 14. JANUARY: Our focus this month will be on the introduction of rhythm. Students will be learning about a Quarter Note and Quarter Rest. They will be using rhythm instruments and the voices/hands to perform different exercises to reinforce the concepts. They will also be trying some echo songs and performing a rhythm instrument “Old Mac Donald”. FEBRUARY/MARCH: We have 3 stories and songs related to those stories we will be learning. Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks, and The Wide Mouth Frog. Each story will also be reinforced through actions and retelling the stories. Acting out the stories while performing the songs has proved to be a great way for the students to recall and retell the story with more accuracy.
1st Grade (Monday & Thursday)– SEPTEMBER: The wonderful world of tempo has the students speaking Italian. With the co-teaching powers of Ms. Schenck, we have a unique perspective on our music and PE programs at the PK-1 levels. Students work on concepts individually in music and PE, and they are immediately reinforced by a cooperatively taught Music Gym class once a week. We are currently focused on Tempo and trying to be experts in the field by learning 5 tempos: LARGO: Super Slow or snail speed, LENTO: Slow or turtle speed, ANDANTE: Walking Speed or we’ve been using a dog for the Andante animal, ALLEGRO: Fast or Rabbits or a Galloping horse, and PRESTO: Super Fast, Running Tigers or Cheetahs. I’m sure the children would be more than happy to show you the difference between a Turtle and a Tiger…Just make sure they do it in Italian….OCTOBER: Students are continuing to look at Tempos. We have also added instruments and marching to assist in comprehension of their new vocabulary. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: We will be practicing songs for our concert on December 14 as well as concert rules and behavior.JANUARY/FEBRUARY: Rhythm is our next focus for the year. We will be learning note names and how to perform each note with our voices, our hands, and rhythm sticks. This will serve as a foundation for them to grow in their musical ability as they play more instruments and start to read/see music. They will be learning Quarter notes (One), Quarter Rests (Rest), Half Notes (Half), Half Rests (Hat), and 1st grade will also learn our Whole Notes and rests (O and Hole).).
2nd Grade (Wednesday & Thursday)-SEPTEMBER:Students are starting the year with a rhythm review. We are working with 4 notes (notes make sounds) and 4 rests (no sound but they still fill music space). When the concept is reviewed, we are adding our first new concept of the year. TIME SIGNATURES!!! This will help the students learn to group our notes and rests together.OCTOBER: The area of Time Signature has been introduced, and students are starting to group their notes and rests into MEASURES (the space between 2 bar lines). You can ask if they remember the definition of a bar line. Our current Time Signatures are: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4. The time signature lets the students know how many beats to put in each measure. We will also be starting our concert songs this month. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: We will be practicing songs for our concert on December 14 as well as concert rules and behavior.JANUARY/FEBRUARY: Rhythm is our next focus for the year. We will be learning note names and how to perform each note with our voices, our hands, and rhythm sticks. This will serve as a foundation for them to grow in their musical ability as they play more instruments and start to read/see music. They will be learning Quarter notes (One), Quarter Rests (Rest), Half Notes (Half), Half Rests (Hat), Whole Notes and rests (O and Hole). 2nd grade will learn the final rhythm;eighth notes (One and).). We will also be starting a journey into composition as we figure out new symbols (staff & treble clef) and how we use them with our notes and time signatures.
3rd Grade (Tuesday & Wednesday)– SEPTEMBER: After review of some basic note reading skills, the time has come…wait for it…RECORDERS! Fitting that we start close to October, the beginning sounds of the recorder will fit right in to the season…Students will be working on 3 notes (BAG) and are learning 2 songs (Merrily, Hot Cross Buns) as well as starting to read music on a staff. Ask for a demonstration and show off your skills by reminding them to keep their left hand on the top to play the notes and right hand steadying the bottom.OCTOBER: Students can now play 5 notes on the recorders (BAGCD). We are starting to play short songs and will be adding our concert song to our list of songs to practice. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: We will be practicing songs for our concert on December 14 as well as concert rules and behavior. Students will also be adding one more notes to their playing (E).JANUARY/FEBRUARY: Families of instruments will be our next focus. Starting with the Percussion family and making our way through the Woodwinds, Strings and Brass, students will learn how sound is produced and the basics of each family. They can also earn the opportunity to build some of their own instruments to take home and share with family..
4-6th Grade (4th Tuesday, 5th Monday, 6th Thursday: SEPTEMBER: Opening ceremonies have taken place (although, no formal ceremony actually took place except that school started) and the Music Olympics are about to begin! We are preparing for our first challenge, and students have accepted the friendly competition. Our initial concentration is, as always, note, rests and values. OCTOBER: We have started challenge #2. The first challenge is now officially in the books. All teams studied extremely hard for this one, and all classes received the max points for the challenge. Teams had the opportunity to earn bonus points as well for sportsmanship and behavior. The standings: 6th Grade has the lead with bonus points coming from our National Anthem Challenge. 5th Grade is currently in 3rd place. 4th grade is keeping pace with their challengers, and in 2nd place, but they are falling a little behind in the midst of challenge #2 taking a little extra time with the task at hand. All classes will also be starting concert music towards the end of this month. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: We will be practicing songs for our concert on December 14 as well as concert rules and behavior. Bonus Challenge: Attendance points will be awarded for anyone who attends the tree lighting this year. JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL: Students will review for the KEYBOARD entrance test. With a score of 100, they will be able to work with a partner on the keyboard (with guided help from Mr. C as well). They will have until April to complete a series of songs and keyboard challenges that will assist the Olympic totals. The basic keyboard will be explained and how to use 2 hands while playing will be the focus as they progress through a packet of 10 songs. They will finish the unit by performing one of the song packets for the class. Audience expectations and performance expectations will be set and points will be awarded for the music Olympic totals. Current Olympic totals have our 4th Grade holding onto a lead at 421,000 and our 5th and 6th grade classes tied at 400,000.