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Music

Kindergarten 

The Primary School music program involves the children in a variety of singing, playing, listening and movement activities in order to help the child gain experience in music as a structured discipline as well as an expressive art form.

Kindergarten music introduces the child to many of the fundamental concepts of music.  Singing, a natural source of enjoyment for children, is the focus of much of the curriculum at this grade level.  Folk, patriotic and other appropriate children’s songs are introduced from which basic music vocabulary and good listening skills are taught.  Rhythm instruments are used to accompany songs and to form a “Rhythm Band.”  Movement to music is an important part of the curriculum at this level.
                                                   
First Grade

The Primary School music program involves the child in a variety of singing, playing, listening and movement activities in order to help the child gain experience in music as a structured discipline as well as an expressive art form.

Music in Grade One combines many of the basic elements of music:
   

  • expressive singing - folk, patriotic and other appropriate children’s songs
  • rhythm and movement activities - walking, skipping,
  • galloping, running, hopping to music; creative movement to express
  • rhythm patterns, steady beat and tempo; circle and line dances
  • classroom instruments - proper use of rhythm and melody instruments
  • fundamentals of music - recognizing basic rhythm patterns; basic              
  • note recognition; direction in music; concepts of tempo and dynamics
  • listening skills - introduction to families of orchestral instruments; Peter and the Wolf; The Nutcracker; Carnival of Animals

Second Grade

The Primary School music program involves the child in a variety of singing, playing listening and movement activities in order to help the child gain experience in music as a structured discipline as well as an expressive art form.
 

  • Rhythm Activities - skipping, hopping, walking, etc. to music. In addition, folk dances are introduced.
  • Singing - Folk, patriotic, and children’s songs - including materials appropriate for integration with the Social Studies curriculum, holiday and seasonal songs.
  • Fundamentals - Body & instrumental experiences with rhythm patterns using combinations of quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests.
  • Vocabulary - beat, rest, staff, note, composer, conductor, measure, time signature, bar line, phrase, for, dynamics, tempo.
  • Appreciation - Development of good listening skills.