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PRIMARY MUSIC

In kindergarten music, the students do a lot of exploring with their voices. The kids practice various sounds that they can make with their voices and we sing a lot of songs in a limited range. The biggest concept we work on is feeling the beat. Other elements we explore are long/short, high/low, and loud/soft sounds. Some of the songs we sing include counting songs, the alphabet song, animal songs, nursery rhymes and songs where the children get to improvise. Kids get to explore music 30 minutes per week through singing, talking, playing non-pitched instruments, creating, and moving.

In first grade music, students will be experiencing steady beat, learning to recognize melodic contour and the first three notes using the Kodaly method. They will also learn what a phrase is and listen to, sing and play songs in binary form (AB). They will experience the difference between loud/soft and high/low. Students will be learning all this through singing, playing non-pitched percussion instruments, and listening and moving to recordings. 

In second grade music, students will be experiencing steady beat, as well as play, read and sing rhythms using quarter notes/rests, eighth notes, and half notes/rests. Students will learn to recognize melodic contour and sing/sign the first five notes using the Kodaly method. They will also sing and play songs in binary (AB) and rondo (ABACA...) form. They will experience the difference between loud/soft and high/low. Students will be learning all this through singing, playing pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and listening and moving to recordings.

In third grade music,  students will be experiencing steady beat, as well as play, read and sing rhythms using quarter notes/rests, eighth notes, and half notes. Students will also sing and play songs in binary (AB), rondo (ABACA...) form, and in round. Students will also learn to recognize the sight and sound of orchestral instruments. Students will be learning all this through singing, playing instruments, and listening and moving to recordings.