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    K-5 General Music

    Students in grades K-5 will experience a wide range of activities, based on many different music learning methods.  The methods and processes of Kodály, Orff-Schulwerk, Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory, Dalcroze Eurhthmics, and Music Together (c) are incorporated into each class.  Students will gain a deep knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of music throughout their 6 years on this tiered curriculum.

    Each grade level studies approx. 6-8 different composers and/or musical styles (classical or jazz) throughout the year, which vary per grade level.  Important selections are chosen for listening during each class.  **Please be sure to ask your child who they are currently learning about!**


    Concepts by grade level:
     
    Kindergarten:
    -Group & Solo singing
    -In-tune singing
    -High vs. Low
    -Loud vs. Soft
    -Fast vs. Slow
    -Basic beat competence
    -Large space group movement
    -Orff instrument introduction
    -Steady beat
    -AB Form
     
    1st:
    -Intro sol-mi
    -Intro la
    -Quarter notes, pair of 8ths notes, quarter rest, half note
    - Improvisation 
    -Singing games
    -ABA Form, Rondo Form
     
    2nd:
    - Intro do
    - Intro re
    - Intro high do
    - Half note, whole note, 16th notes
    - Pentatonic Scale
    - Duple meter
     
     
    3rd:
    - Intro low sol, low la
    - Intro fa
    - 8th/16th combinations, dotted quarter note, dotted half note, internal anacrusis
    - Music of Mexico
    - Absolute Pitches on Treble Clef
     
    4th:
     
     -Intro 16th note variants
    - Triple Meter
     -Intro ti
    - Diatonic scales
    - Key signatures
    - 12-bar Blues Form
     
    5th:
    - Intro dotted 8th-16th, 16th-dotted 8th
    - Construct instruments from found objects
    - Bass Clef
    - Diatonic intervals
    - I, IV, V chords
    - Independent and group advanced notation reading
    - Simple vs. Compound Meter
    - Science of sound
    - Music and movies
     
     
     
     
    Grading 2019-2020
     
    The majority of assessments are skilled based and students are graded using the scale listed below.
    These assessments serve as markers for your child's musical skill development.  For most students, these are skills that take time to develop and require consistent reinforcement in and out of class.
     
    Check ++    Above skill level                 98-100
    Check +      Meets skill level                  95
    Check         Approaching skill level         88
    Check -       Skill still developing            80
     
     
     
     

    If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. 
    ~Gustav Mahler



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