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Music Curriculum Overview

The goals of the music program at SJCS are:

  • to provide foundational knowledge and depth of experience so as to enable students to find joy in musical expression.
  • To provide foundational knowledge of music concepts and depth of experience so as to develop a sense of oneself as a ‘musician’ and ‘performer.’
  • To recognize the common denominator in music across cultures.
  • To understand that music is a form of communication.
  • To develop skills in singing, producing, (i.e. being able to read, write, and play an instrument) listening, and actively engaging (i.e. dance, or artistic/visual response) with music that will support a life-long involvement with music.
  • To experience a range of music representing diverse genres and styles from various historical periods and cultures.
  • To be able to evaluate the aesthetic qualities of a musical piece using appropriate musical terms and concepts.

Music activities at SJCS align with the National Core Arts Standards Index (National Standards for Arts Education, 2014 National Assoc. for Music Education)

Creating

  1. Generate and conceptualize ideas and work.
  2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
  3. Refine and complete artistic work.

Performing

  1. Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation.
  2. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
  3. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Responding

  1. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
  2. Interpret intent and meaning of artistic work.
  3. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work

Connecting

  1. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
  2. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

 

Music for Kindergarten

Creating:

Creative Expression & Movement

Students will:

  • reflect qualities of music through their bodies
  • learn children’s dances and games from around the world

Music Concepts

Students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of steady beat by moving to music in free and instructed patterns
  • be introduced to basic music vocabulary: steady beat, tempo, volume, up & downward (dynamics) movement of pitch
  • discover rhythm in words

Performing:

Instrumental  Production

Students will:

  • explore how the concept of steady beat in our bodies translates to expression of steady beat with hand percussion instruments

Singing and Performance

Students will:

  • develop  a sense of joyfulness around singing
  • increase their repertoire of childhood songs
  • be provided with opportunities to perform within the class, as well as with the support of the larger school community

Responding and Connecting:

Listening and Appreciation

Students will:

  • gain exposure to classical composers, their childhood and their work
  • understand that music is a common experience for children all over the world
  • identify musical qualities that elicit our responses
  • experience that music moves us to emotional and physical responses

Resources: Silver-Burdett Ginn- Music Connection-K; Activate Magazine K-6, Classical Music Stories For Kids; CD set “Moving Rhythmically”,


Music in 1st Grade

Creating:

Creative Expression & Movement

Students will:

  • find ways to use their bodies to connect to music qualities
  • experiment with music as a catalyst to verbal & non verbal storytelling
  • learn children’s dances and games from around the world

Music Concepts

Students will:

  • revisit basic music vocabulary: steady beat, temp, dynamic, up & downward movement of pitch
  • experience and identify the concept of “steps and leaps”
  • will identify note value through symbol identification
  • extend experiences with steady beat by moving, and/ or clapping in instructed patterns

Performing:

Instrumental  Production

Students will:

  • practice applying steady beat to use of hand percussion instruments
  • apply note value to playing hand percussion instruments

Singing

Students will:

  • extend their sense of joyfulness in singing
  • increase their repertoire of songs
  • enjoy opportunities to perform within the class, as well as with the support of the larger school community

Responding and Connecting:

Listening and Appreciation

Students will:

  • understand that music tells a story
  • identify major instrumental groups of Western orchestra
  • revisit various classical composer, their work & childhood experiences
  • identify and begin to refine the specific qualities of music composition that elicit emotional/intellectual responses

Resources: Silver-Burdett Ginn- Music Connection-1; Activate Magazine K-6, Classical Music Stories For Kids


Music in 2nd Grade

Creating:

Creative Expression & Movement

Students will:

  • continue to use music as a catalyst for verbal & non-verbal storytelling
  • introduced to folk dances
  • be introduced to improvisation with hand percussion and diatomic improvisation with marimbas
  • extend their experiences with translating music concepts to the body & vise versa

Music Concepts

Students will:

  • apply basic music vocabulary: steady beat, tempo, dynamics, up & downward movement of pitch, steps & leaps
  • compare difference between steady beat & rhythm
  • apply rhythms of chants (i.e. nursery rhymes) with syllabic identifiers & manipulative materials (i.e. sticks)
  • extend and apply understanding of note value (quarter, eight, half, rest)
  • be introduced to AB, ABC form
  • be introduced to diagramming of melodic shapes

Performing:

Instrumental  Production

Students will:

  • apply steady beat when playing hand percussion instruments
  • apply note value when playing hand percussion instruments
  • be introduced to note value when playing marimbas

Singing

Students will:

  • sing with a sense of joy
  • increase their repertoire of songs
  • be introduced to the concept of ‘road maps’ of finding way around sheet of music
  • be provided opportunities to perform within the class, as well as with the support of the larger school community

Responding and Connecting:

Listening and Appreciation

Students will:

  • listen and discuss the story told in musical compositions
  • revisit major instrumental groups
  • be introduced to the relationship of size of instrument to pitch
  • continue exposure to classical composers & their work
  • begin to identify the relationship between basic music concepts and the responses one has to music

Resources: Silver-Burdett Ginn- Music Connection-2; Activate Magazine K-6, Classical Music Stories For Kids; Phylis Weikart’s Teaching Folk Dance; Benjamin Britten’s Guide to the Orchestra; CD set “Moving Rhythmically”


Music in 3rd Grade

Creating:

Creative Expression & Movement

Students will:

  • create their own story as a response to music
  • increase their repertoire of folk dances and understanding of the dances’ cultural context
  • apply an understanding of improvisation in response to patterns with hand percussion and marimbas

Music Concepts

Students will:

  • extend and apply their understanding of basic concepts (steady beat, temp, form, etc.)
  • develop notation of rhythms w/ syllabic identifiers & traditional notation
  • apply an understanding of note value to music they read, write, and present

Performing:

Instrumental  Production

Students will:

  • apply notation to hand percussion & marimbas

Singing

Students will:

  • increase repertoire of songs
  • develop and apply skills to read & follow music
  • be provided opportunities to sing in harmony in a performance setting
  • develop a self-assessment rubric for performance

Responding and Connecting:

Listening and Appreciation

Students will:

  • apply and develop the idea that music tells a story
  • apply an understanding of the relationship between size and pitch of instruments to major instrumental groups and music
  • increase their repertoire of exposure to classical composers and their work
  • apply their understanding qualities and concepts of music to their own response to music

Resources: Silver-Burdett Ginn- Music Connection-3; Activate Magazine K-6, Classical Music Stories For Kids; Benjamin Brittin’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” Phylis Weikart’s “Teaching Folk Dance”


Music in 4th Grade

Creating:

Creative Expression & Movement

Students will:

  • increase their repertoire of folk dances and an understanding of the dance’s cultural context
  • apply the concept of improvisation in response to patterns w/ hand percussion and marimba

Music Concepts

Students will:

  • apply and understand basic concepts to repertoire
  • apply notation of rhythms in traditional notation
  • extend understanding of note values
  • write and present their own music

Performing:

Instrumental  Production

Students will:

  • apply notation to hand percussion and marimba
  • be introduced to and apply note recognition on music staff
  • learn recorder

Singing

Students will:

  • increase their repertoire of songs
  • apply skills to read & follow music
  • develop a rubric for self-assessment in a performance setting
  • sing in 2-3 part harmony
  • perform in a variety of groupings

(large, small, solo, duo)

Responding and Connecting:

Listening and Appreciation

Students will:

  • identify major instrumental groups & instruments
  • increase their repertoire of exposure to classical composer and their work
  • apply their understanding of qualities and concepts of music to their own response to music

Resources: Silver-Burdett Ginn- Music Connection-4 and 5; Activate Magazine K-6, Classical Music Stories For Kids; Phylis Weikart’s “Teaching Folk Dance”


Music in 5th Grade

Creating:

Creative Expression & Movement

Students will:

  • increase their repertoire of folk dances and an understanding of the dance’s cultural context
  • apply the concept of improvisation in response to patterns w/ hand percussion and marimba

Music Concepts

Students will:

  • apply and understand basic concepts to repertoire
  • apply notation of rhythms in traditional notation
  • extend understanding of note values
  • write and present their own music

Performing:

Instrumental  Production

Students will:

  • apply notation to hand percussion and marimba
  • be introduced to and apply note recognition on music staff
  • learn recorder
  • be introduced to and apply note recognition on music staff to keyboard
  • be introduced to guitar

Singing

Students will:

  • increase their repertoire of songs
  • apply skills to read & follow music
  • develop a rubric for self-assessment in a performance setting
  • sing in 2-3 part harmony
  • perform in a variety of groupings

(large, small, solo, duo)

Responding and Connecting:

Listening and Appreciation

Students will:

  • identify major instrumental groups & instruments
  • increase their repertoire of exposure to classical composer and their work
  • apply their understanding of qualities and concepts of music to their own response to music
  • collaborate and create a music program reflective of themes and music of both personal interests as well as music appropriate for the entire school

Resources: Silver-Burdett Ginn- Music Connection-4 and 5; Activate Magazine K-6, Classical Music Stories For Kids; Phylis Weikart’s “Teaching Folk Dance”