K-4 Music Curriculum

Course Description / Syllabus

Name of Course: General Music Class   Grade Level: Kindergarten___
Trimesters 1, 2, and 3: 

Course Description:
Kindergarten music classes sing, dance, march, play rhythm instruments, sing solfege with the Kodaly hand signals, listen and move to various styles of music, create and color to music. The students learn songs and dances about nature, seasons, holidays, and cultures. Students also participate in music games and interactive songs to reinforce musical concepts learned. Kindergarten students will perform in a combined K-2 spring concert 

National and MDIRSS AOS #91 Performance Indicators:
1. Singing alone and with others a varied repertoire of music.    T1       
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.  T2 
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.  T3 
4. Composing and arranging music, musician specified guidelines  T1
5. Reading and notating music   T3
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.    T3
7. Evaluating music and music performances.    T1
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.  T2 
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.  T2
10.Expression  
T3

MDIRSS AOS #91 Curriculum Goals:
1. Singing: match pitch, accompanied/a cappella    T1
2. Performing: demonstrate rhythm/melody through singing, dancing, instruments    T2
3. Rhythm: fast/slow, strong/weak, long/short, sound/silence, rhythm of lyrics    T3
4. Melody: high/low, moving up/down or repeating    T1
5. Reading:  sing or play sounds indicated by long/short lines (ex. _________ _ _ )    T3
6. Listening:  various genres, audience etiquette, create mood, respond to music   T3
7. Harmony:  two or more sounds may sound simultaneously    T1
8. Form:  music may be organized into like and unlike sections    T2
9. Expression-Tempo, Dynamics, Tone Color: fast/slow, loud soft, tones, seasonal, color to music    T2

Informal assessments of observation of student participation and performance:
1. Classroom performance √ both individual and individual within a group
2. Concert performance


Course Description / Syllabus

Name of Course: General Music Class   Grade Level: Grade 1___
Trimesters 1, 2, and 3: 

Course Description:
Grade 1 Music Classes sing, dance, march, play rhythm instruments, solfege, listen and move to music.  Students sing songs in unison in addition to singing rounds, which prepare the young singer for the next step of singing in harmony.  All music classes learn the elements of music through songs and folk dances of the USA and other cultures, patriotic, seasonal, and nature songs, and participate in interactive song games. Students listen to a variety of vocal and instrumental music, perform, display concert etiquette, and learn about instruments and composers, and color to music.

National and MDIRSS AOS #91 Performance Indicators:
1. Singing alone and with others a varied repertoire of music.    T1       
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.  T2 
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.  T3 
4. Composing and arranging music, musician specified guidelines  T1
5. Reading and notating music   T3
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.    T3
7. Evaluating music and music performances.    T1
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.  T2 
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.  T2
10.Expression  
T3


MDIRSS AOS #91 Curriculum Goals:
1. Singing: match pitch, increase vocal range, increase repertoire, melodic contour    T1
2. Performing: rhythm instruments demonstrating loud/soft/fast/slow/long/short    T2
3. Rhythm: patterns, accent, rhythmic accompaniment to melodies, notation     T3
4. Melody: sound organization, high/low, tune    T1
5. Reading:  left to right notation introduction, rhythm is ≥the way the words go≈    T3
6. Listening:  various genres, character representation, discriminate    T3
7. Harmony:  create happy or sad/scary mood (major vs. minor)    T1
8. Form:  musical phrases, sentences, story, sections designated by letters (ABA)    T2
9. Expression: affects mood, expresses feelings, sudden/gradual changes of sound, color to music    T2

Assessment Types:
Informal assessments of observation of student participation and performance:
1. Classroom performance √ both individual and individual within a group
2. Concert performance


Course Description / Syllabus
Name of Course:  General Music Class   Grade Level:  Grade 2___
Trimesters 1, 2, and 3:

The focus of Grade 2 Music Class is a hands-on approach to reading music and performing through playing the violin.  The students learn the value of whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes along with their equivalent rests.  Throughout the school year, the students will learn notes on the A and D strings which will blend into pleasing little ditties.  Students also sing, dance, listen to various styles of music, and color to music.  We sing songs in unison in addition to singing rounds, which prepare the young singer for the next step of singing in harmony. All music classes learn the elements of music through songs and folk dances of the USA and other cultures, patriotic, seasonal, and nature songs, and participate in interactive song games. Students listen to a variety of vocal and instrumental music, perform, display concert etiquette, and learn about instruments and composers, and color to music.

National and MDIRSS AOS #91 Performance Indicators:
1. Singing alone and with others a varied repertoire of music.    T1       
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.  T2 
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.  T3 
4. Composing and arranging music, musician specified guidelines  T1
5. Reading and notating music   T3
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.    T3
7. Evaluating music and music performances.    T1
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.  T2 
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.  T2
10.Expression  
T3

MDIRSS AOS #91 Curriculum Goals:
1. Singing: sing notation left to right, verse/chorus, diction, tone, increase repertoire    T1
2. Performing: play violin, sing, dance    T2
3. Rhythm: note value, note name, singing and clap rhythm, rhythm/lyric correlation    T3
4. Melody: printed notation, left to right, note determines pitch and rhythm   T1
5. Reading:  staff, clef, note recognition, rhythm patterns, like/unlike phrases    T3
6. Listening:  identify sound, identify phrases, orchestral instruments     T3
7. Harmony:  chordal accompaniment, consonances/dissonances    T1
8. Form:  ABA, repeat signs, visual and aural representation, breathe like reading    T2
9. Expression: lyrics help understand a song, instrumental tone color, descriptive analysis, color to music    T2

Informal assessments of observation of student participation and performance:
1. Classroom and concert performance 

Units of Study:
1. Violin
2. Opera √ Hansel and Gretel
3. Discovering Strings and Orchestra (a national ASTA project)
4. Concert preparation


Course Description / Syllabus
Name of Course: __General Music Class  Grade Level: ___Grade 3___
Trimesters 1, 2, and 3: 
Course Description:

Grade three Music Classes sing a variety of songs in unison, in rounds, and in the form of partner songs, which are all stepping-stones to singing in harmony. All music classes learn the elements of music through songs and folk dances of the USA and other cultures, patriotic, seasonal, and nature songs, and participate in interactive song games.  Students also learn about instruments and composers  and display concert etiquette. In order to continue music-reading skills from grade two class violin, a hands-on is incorporated in grade three music class by learning to play the Tin Whistle. Grade three may continue instruction on violin, or switch to viola, or cello plus play in the grade 3-4 string orchestra.  Instrumental lessons are offered during non-instructional time.

National and MDIRSS AOS #91 Performance Indicators:
1. Singing alone and with others a varied repertoire of music.    T1       
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.  T2 
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.  T3 
4. Composing and arranging music, musician specified guidelines  T1
5. Reading and notating music   T3
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.    T3
7. Evaluating music and music performances.    T1
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.  T2 
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.  T2
10.Expression  
T3


MDIRSS AOS #91 Curriculum Goals:
1. Singing: sing with accuracy, diction, tone, breathe, partner songs, techniques    T1
2. Performing: perform notated songs and tunes on tin whistle, conducting patterns    T2
3. Rhythm: count beats, durations of notes/rests, time signatures, note groupings    T3
4. Melody: moves by steps, skips, or repeats, character representation    T1
5. Reading:  read notation, know names of lines and spaces of treble clef, measures    T3
6. Listening:  orchestral/band instrument identification, contrasts, discriminate     T3
7. Harmony:  two or more melodies may be sung simultaneously, round, canon    T1
8. Form:  phrase length varies, musical though, introduction, AB and ABA forms    T2
9. Expression: elements of music create mood, major/minor, tempo/dynamics, fermata    T2

Informal assessments of observation of student participation and performance:
1. Classroom and concert performance Written
Units of Study:
1. Tin whistle
2. Opera √ The Magic Flute by Mozart
3. Instruments √ The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens
4. Discovering Strings and Orchestra (a national ASTA project)
5. Concert preparation 


Course Description / Syllabus
Name of Course: __General Music Class    Grade Level: Grade 4___
Trimesters 1, 2, and 3: 

Course Description:

Grade 4 Music Classes sing a variety of songs in unison, in rounds, and in the form of partner songs, which are all stepping-stones to singing in harmony. All music classes learn the elements of music through patriotic, multi-cultural, and seasonal songs and dances.  Students also listen to a variety of vocal and instrumental music, perform, learn about instruments and composers, and display concert etiquette. Students may continue instruction on violin, viola, or cello plus add a band instrument. Instrumental lessons are offered during non-instructional time. For a challenge, string students may join the Swallowtail Fiddlers who provide community service.

National and MDIRSS AOS #91 Performance Indicators:
1. Singing alone and with others a varied repertoire of music.    T1       
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.  T2 
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.  T3 
4. Composing and arranging music, musician specified guidelines  T1
5. Reading and notating music   T3
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.    T3
7. Evaluating music and music performances.    T1
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.  T2 
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.  T2
10.Expression  
T3


MDIRSS AOS #91 Curriculum Goals:
1. Singing: accuracy, solos, major scale in solfege, melodic/rhythmic accuracy, diction/tone, breathe, melody/harmony, express song content, alter voice quality to suit the mood of song, repertoire of unison, partner, and two-part songs    T1
2. Performing: read music, articulation, ensemble participation, accompany    T2
3. Rhythm: duple and triple meter, beat-internal and visual, tempo, dotted notes    T3
4. Melody: steps, skips, scales, octave, interval, flat, sharp    T1
5. Reading:  phrase markings, pitch and rhythmic notations, meter, read music    T3
6. Listening:  dynamic and phrase identification, attend/perform concerts     T3
7. Harmony:  major/minor chord identification, Do=home key, I chord    T1
8. Form:  ≥road mapping,≈ varied phrase length, sectional forms-AABA, ABAC    T2
9. Expression:  science of sound, legato/staccato, develop skill in singing or playing and performing simple compositions    T2

Informal assessments of observation of student participation and performance:
1. Classroom performance √ both individual and individual within a group
2. Concert performance
3. Written

Units of Study:
1. Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
2. Nutcracker by Peotr Illich Tchaikovsky
3. Composer √ student choice, poster
4. Discovering Strings and Orchestra (a national ASTA project)
5. Concert preparation

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