MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR:
- K-4 WINTER PROGRAM (Tues. Dec. 12, 2017 @ 6;30 p.m. in the MIDDLE SCHOOL Gym)
- K-3 SPRING CONCERT (Thurs. March 22, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m. in Elementary Gym)
- 4TH GRADE RECORDER CONCERT (Thurs. May 3, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. in Middle School Gym)
4th grade students learn the recorder. This includes learning how to play the instrument, using the rhythms and musical terminology we have worked on in the prior days, weeks, months, and years. This is a wonderful baseline for them if they decide to join band in 5th grade. If they join choir, they will be able to apply the theory and music-reading skills. Instruments are sent home at the end of the school year.
Kindergarten through fourth grade students learn rhythms and music terminology. Much of this is practiced and reinforced in the music we either sing, listen to, or move to. We listen to a variety of music, adding movement or sign language whenever possible. Starting in first grade, students learn and practice their music-reading/following skills.
What are students learning in general music class? Besides the spreadsheet under Curriculum, you can also see the goals of each grade level at this link:
Students use information learned from their previous years in music class and more is added each year. We apply this knowledge to songs we are working on and in classroom activities. Students are usually given a test in the early spring to see if they have mastered these terms, as well as other concepts we have worked on during class. The link below has the terms and definitions:
Students are graded greatly on their effort and participation. Other areas that are graded assess your child with the grading rubric: 4 = A (Advanced) = Always (without exception) / 3 = P (Proficient) = Almost Always (with a few exceptions / 2 = B (Basic) = Sometimes / 1 = M (Minimal) = Rarely.