Throughout the year all grades will be exploring music. In each grade level, students will meet the following national standards for music education: (according to their level and ability)
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments alone and with others.
3. Reading and notating music.
4. Listening, analyzing, and describing music.
5. Understanding music in relation to history and culture (music around the world)\
6. Composing and arranging music with specific guideline
7. Understanding relationships between music and the other arts
8. Evaluating music and music performance.
9. Learning Church music (Sacred music).
** All grades are learning religious music and understanding how music is a very important role in the liturgy. All grades will be taking turns to be the leader in the singing for Mass.
**All grades will learn songs and prepare for the Grandparent’s Day performance.
**First and second grade will perform a musical play in March..
** Third, fourth and fifth grades will perform a Christmas musical in December.
**Fourth grade students are learning to play the recorder/Recorder performance will be in May.
Together, we’ll learn, explore and appreciate the music that our composers have left for us. Your child will come, prepare, and celebrate the wonderful world of music and soon this will be shared with you at Mass, and musical performances.
First Quarter Curriculum
During the first nine weeks, first and second grades will learn/review-telling a story in song with our voices, and learn the skill of keeping a steady beat (rhythm) while singing and playing music games. Third grade will review the basic music concepts and learn to sing parts and play music games. Fourth grade will focus on music theory and experiencing different kinds of music (sacred, folk…). In addition, we will learn how to read music and play songs on the recorder (musical instrument). Fifth grade students will continue to learn music theory/sing songs/and learn to play games that relate to music.
Second Quarter Curriculum
For our second nine weeks, students will continue to review what they have learned from the first nine weeks. Such as: singing alone and with others. This skill will take place in class, music program and Mass on Friday. In addition, students will learn to listen, analyze and describe music. Example: Students identify musical passage by using musical terms (forte-loud, piano-soft.) Students will also understand the relationships between music with the other arts and disciplines outside the art. Example: happy/sad, light/dark, same/different. Listening is another skill in music class. Students will listen to a recording and be able to recognize the musical instruments.
Third Quarter Curriculum
In the third quarter, all grades will continue to learn music theory and guidelines to write basic music composition. In addition, students identify examples of familiar music by historical period. Describe and compare the elements of music used in various cultures.
Fourth Quarter Curriculum
For our last quarter, first and second grade students are reviewing musical alphabets and continue to read music notes on both staff (treble clef and bass clef). With this skill students will be able to play a simple song on the instrument (piano). In addition, students will learn seasonal songs such as; spring songs for Easter and Patriotic songs (America, the Beautiful.)
Third grade students are also reviewing music notes, note values and music symbols such as; meter signature and, different kinds of rests. Students will continue to compose simple music composition and a music composer’s project.
Fourth grade students will continue to learn and master their playing on the recorder and have a recorder performance.
Finally, our fifth grade students are concentrating on music theory; students continue to write simple music rhythm composition and write simple songs by using words from a short poem.