Please check out what the students are working on in music this September....
September will bring a lot of newness for kindergarten students. Learning will happen through many songs, poems, games, movement activities and through playing instruments. Following directions and establishing routines and procdures will be a major focus this month. Kindergartens will be prepared to use the voice four different ways - speaking, whispering, shouting and singing. They will also experience steady beat and that music can be loud or soft, and fast or slow. Students will practice matching their pitches (high and low sounds), and will also learn names of instruments, how to take them out, play them properly and to put them away.
Through the use of many songs, games, centers, listening and movement activities, and by playing instruments, grade ones will review and practice steady beat, how to use their four voices - speaking, whispering, shouting, singing, and to match pitches (high and low sounds). They will also review fast and slow music (tempo), identifying instruments by name and playing them correctly. Students will be prepared to begin to understand the difference between beat (the steady pulse of music) and rhythm (the possible division of beat). Grade ones will learn that some sounds are high, some are lower and that the beat may have one or two sounds (ta, titi). Rules and procedures and building community in the music room will be a focus in September.
September brings quite a bit of review of the concepts and skills covered in grade one. Through singing, games, centers, listening & movement activities and play instruments, students will be reviewing and practicing steady beat (the steady pulse of music), counting beats, loud and soft sounds (dynamics), and fast and slow speeds (tempo) of music. Grade two students will also review and practice that some beats may have one sound, some have two, and yet some can have no sounds at all. Students will then be prepared for the idea that some sounds last over two beats (half note), and that music is organized into sections (form). Grade twos will be presented with notes moving from high to low and that notes can be found on a staff (the five lines and four spaces). Rules and procedures, along with building community in the music room, will be a focus this month.
Grade three students will be participating in singing, games, centers, listening and movement activities and playing instruments in order to review and practice steady beat (the steady pulse), counting beats, reading and playing rhythms (how the words go; the division of beats), and hearing, reading, signing, singing and playing pitches. Students will also review the names and families of the rhythm instruments and the correct playing technique for these instruments. Grade threes will be presented with the idea of form - how music is organized and what a scale is. Rules and procdures, as well as building community within the music room, will be reinforced this month.