Students come to music class three times per week for 25 minutes. All classes begin with prayer, and First through Sixth Grades work on rhythms after prayer. All classes are involved in the Advent Program and Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day programs. They learn the music for these programs in music class.
In Kindergarten music, we work on songs within themes in the beginning of the year. The students learn how to play many classroom instruments, work with beat, and the mood of songs. We also work with dynamics and tempo in music before ending the year with a Mother Goose unit.
In First Grade, we review the beat of music and the mood of songs. We work on different ways to use our voices, and how to tell if a song has a melody. Instruments are also covered in first grade, both classroom instruments that the students can play as well as learning a few instruments of the orchestra. Some other topics that we work on include dynamics, range, tempo, and phrases.
In Second Grade, we review the topics covered in previous grades. We also add to our musical knowledge by learning about upward and downward movement in a melody, the colors of music, the string family and style of music.
Reviewing previous years’ content is a part of Third Grade music. We have a big unit on harmony when the students learn what harmony is, the different types of harmony, and they also perform these types of harmony. Third Graders learn about rhythm, form, and we end the year with a unit on tone color and focus on the different instruments of the orchestra.
Fourth Graders have a big year in music class, because they spend half of the year working on their recorders. They use many of the skills they have learned in previous years by working through their Recorder Karate books. We also sharpen their skills on meter, harmony and melody.
Fifth Graders spend time reviewing the skills we used to play the recorders. Other topics covered in the Fifth Grade year include rhythm, melody, harmony and form.
We begin the Sixth Grade year in music learning about the style of music. Throughout the rest of the year, we work on rhythm, melody, harmony and tone color. The students enjoy learning about tone color because, as we discuss the different families and instruments of the orchestra, the students in band like to share their experiences with those instruments.
Teacher: Mrs. Hendrickson