Elementary Music Syllabus

For students in the elementary grades, a strong curriculum is necessary for quality music instruction. That curriculum focuses on the elements of expression, rhythm, form, melody, timbre, texture, and harmony to create a musical product. All musical concepts taught can be grouped into one of the above categories. These concepts will be taught and expanded upon as the child matures and is able to understand these concepts in greater detail.  The child will learn these concepts through many different avenues of expression such as singing, playing rhythm band instruments, recorders, Boomwhackers, and Orff instruments.  Students will also explore the world through the music of other cultures. The students will also perform in at least one formal concert each year and other smaller more informal concerts throughout the year.

Course Description:
In my elementary music classes I will be using MK 8 Music Magazine as my textbook.  I will also use supplemental materials such as music flash cards, music worksheets, games, puzzles and also appropriate music videos.

  • Learning/Developmental Goals:
    All lessons taught in the general music classes are aligned with the National and Kansas state music education standards. They are
  • Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  • Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  • Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  • Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
  • Reading and notating music.
  • Listening to, and analyzing, and describing music.
  • Evaluating music and music performed.
  • Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
  • Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Learning Outcome:
The student will demonstrate mastery of the state standards using formal and informal assessments along with teacher observation.

 

Kindergarten Music

Goals and Objectives: Kindergarteners will be focusing primarily on:

  • Development of their singing voice
  • Learn how sounds are made
  • Understanding high, low, loud and soft
  • Learn about basic rhythms
  • Listen to and sing many different types of songs
  • Students will play a variety of rhythm band instruments

 1st Grade Music

Goals and Objectives:  First graders will be focusing primarily on:

  • Development of their singing voice
  • Tonal audiation skills
  • Rhythm audiation skills.
  • Timbre recognition and other music concepts through development of their listening vocabulary.  
  • Students will play a variety of rhythm band instruments and Boomwhackers.
  • Students will learn the basic notes values.

 

2nd Grade Music

Goals and Objectives:  Second graders will be focusing primarily on:

  • Using their singing voice
  • Continuing to develop tonal and rhythm audiation skills  
  • Students will experience timbre recognition and other music concepts such as dynamics and form through development of their listening vocabulary.  
  • Students will play a variety of musical instruments, including rhythm band instruments, Boomwhackers and Autoharps.
  • Students will expand on their knowledge of note values.
  • Students will learn about rest values.

 

3rd Grade Music

Goals and Objectives:  Third graders will be focusing primarily on:

  • Using their singing voice
  • Continuing to develop tonal and rhythm audiation skills.
  • In the area of rhythm, students will recognize duple and triple meter and distinguish between different rhythmic patterns.  
  • Emphasis formerly placed on the listening vocabulary will be shifted to the speaking vocabulary  
  • Students will expand upon their knowledge of musical concepts, such as form, dynamics, and timbre recognition, and world music.
  • Play musical instruments, including rhythm band instruments and the Orff instruments, and Boomwhackers
  • They will also begin learning to play the recorder.
  • They will expand their knowledge about note and rest values

Materials: Third and Fourth Graders will be asked to purchase their own recorders. I will send home information on what I would like you to purchase so that all of the students have the same type of recorder. 

 4th Grade Music

  • Goals and Objectives:  The foundation of tonal and rhythm audiation skills developed in K-3rd grade culminates with formal instruction on recorders in fourth grade.  
  • Recorder instruction builds fine motor skills and improves fine motor coordination. This serves as a basis for beginning band instruction.  
  • The two other music vocabularies of music, namely, reading and writing, are emphasized through recorder instruction.  
  • Music reading is enhanced and challenged through recorder playing  
  • Will continue to use their singing voice
  • Build their speaking and listening vocabularies
  • Expand upon their knowledge of musical concepts

Materials: Third and Fourth Graders will be asked to purchase their own recorders. I will send home information on what I would like you to purchase so that all of the students have the same type of recorder.