Music


Kindergarten Music

CONCEPTS: Singing as a form of expression; beat and rhythm; fast/slow, high/low, soft/loud and other comparatives.

SKILLS: Singing; active listening, chanting, and dancing; stepping and clapping a beat, playing Orff instruments, improvising movements, Dalcroze Eurythmics – reading rhythms and moving to those rhythms.


First Grade Music

CONCEPTS: Identifying beat and rhythm; singing; active listening; using  solfège syllables; playing Orff instruments, early music notation; music vocabulary: pitch, tempo, and staff.

SKILLS: Singing, active listening; Dalcroze Eurythmics – reading rhythms and moving to those rhythms; learning and performing songs with choreographed movement; improvisation.


Second Grade Music

CONCEPTS: Beat; rhythm; pitch; rests and melody; music notation; active listening; creative and expressive movement.

SKILLS: Reading and writing rhythm and pitch; choral ensemble skills; playing Orff instruments; structured folk dancing; improvising melodies and movement; participating in song-writing activities to create original music.


Third Grade Music

CONCEPTS: Canons and two-part harmony; complementary rhythms; playing recorders; absolute note names; different meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4 time).

SKILLS: Singing and performing rounds, learning folk dances; expanding vocal range; learning choral ensemble skills; reading and writing pitch and rhythm, playing and performing on recorders and ukeleles.


Fourth Grade Music

CONCEPTS: Two-part harmony, up to five-part instrumental ensemble pieces; history of music in American culture.

SKILLS: Singing and performing longer and more complex music; ensemble playing; reading and writing on the staff; participating in song-writing activities to create original music.


Fifth Grade Music

FOCUS: The fifth grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. Studies include basic music theory. Explores the development of American Music.

FOCUS EXAMPLES: African drumming, study of the Harlem Renaissance and contributions of African-Americans to the development of American Music.

ROUTINES: Choral warm-ups, music notation, movement games, practice of performance material, and class discussions with themed cultural perspectives.

SKILLS: Understanding solfège, introduction to music notation, song forms, and cultural interpretation through performance.


Sixth Grade Music

FOCUS: The sixth grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. Explores music theory from different points of view (writing, singing, playing). Includes a diverse perspective of cultures that influenced American music.

FOCUS EXAMPLES: Study of African drumming, Mardi Gras Indians, and other cultures that influenced New Orleans; Introduction of traditions specific to New Orleans, such as first and second line.

ROUTINES: Choral warm-ups, music notation, movement games, practice of performance material, and class discussions with themed cultural perspectives.

SKILLS: Understanding solfège, music notation, song forms, and cultural interpretation through performance.


Seventh Grade Music

FOCUS: Explores music theory from different points of view (writing, singing, playing). Cultural study of the contribution of African-Americans from slavery to post-slavery that have influenced our music

FOCUS EXAMPLES: African drumming, work slave songs, spirituals, and the blues song form.

ROUTINES: Choral warm-ups, music notation, movement games, practice of performance material, and class discussions on themed cultural perspectives.

SKILLS: Understands active listening, solfège, music notation, blues song form, and cultural interpretation through performance.


Eighth Grade Music

FOCUS: The eighth grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. Explores music theory from different points of view (writing, singing, playing). And, the study of the development of American Music through blues and jazz.

FOCUS EXAMPLES: Explores contributions and social conditions of African-Americans through the development of blues and jazz. The philosophy of blues and jazz around social justice, freedom and democracy.

ROUTINES: Choral warm-ups, music notation, movement games, practice of performance material, and class discussions on themed cultural perspectives.

SKILLS: Understands active listening, solfège, music notation, jazz and blues song forms, blues songwriting, and cultural interpretation through performance.