My Music Curriculum


Here is a summary of what each grade is working towards in music before they move on the next year!

-How sound is created
-Vocal vs. Instrumental sounds
-Demonstrate various uses of their singing voice
-Steady beat
-Tempo, volume, pitch
-Intro to percussion and the orchestra
-Movement and dance
-Intro to musical notes and beats
-Connections between art and music

1st Grade-
-Singing with and without accompaniment
-Matching pitch and tone patterns
-Improvisation with voice and instrumental melodies
-Identify specific instruments by tone color
-Movement and dance from different cultures
-Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior
-Orchestra review 
-Intro to conducting
-Intro to creating their own music
-Musical poetry 

2nd Grade-
- Sing and play instruments using proper posture
- Reading lyrics to multi-verse songs
- Melody
- Intro to reading and writing music in proper notation
- Rhythm (proper length of notes and rests)
- Create own compositions
- Classify orchestra instruments by family
- Musical phrasing
- Intro to musical staff and scale

3rd Grade-
- Classify vocal and instrumental groupings, solo, duet, chorus, band, orchestra, etc.
- Intro to sight singing
- Read, write and reproduce music in standard music notation
- Intro to time signatures
- Intervals 
- Intro to classical composers
- Playing and writing songs on pitched percussion

4th Grade-
- Sight singing simple pitch notation
- Singing in rounds
- Demonstrate ability to play recorder with proper technique
- Time signature 
- Write melodies and accompaniments for classroom instruments
- Intro to sharps and flats
- Understand dynamics, tempo and articulation
- Classify instruments by sound
- Genre study

5th Grade-
- Recognize different voices (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)
- Singing harmonies
- AABA form
- Conducting in different time signatures
- Intro to chord structure
- Major/minor keys and chords
- Demonstrate proper audience skills 
- Genre study
- Creating music on Garageband (music writing software for computer)
- Recognize importance of rehearsal schedule
- Using warm-ups 
- Correct posture
- Sing songs by memory 
- Connect with the community through singing