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Grades K-3 Musical Concepts

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Grades K-3 Musical Concepts

Throughout the school year, your child will be assessed on their mastery of grade specific musical concepts. Before naming each concept, we prepare it through singing, speaking, moving, and playing in accordance with the Orff Schulwerk process and Kodaly method. After experiencing each concept through a variety of mediums, we present the concept by giving it a name. Finally, we continue practicing the concept, using its labeled name, and intentionally focus on how that fits into the greater picture of our current knowledge at each grade level. 

Listed below are each of the concepts that we focus during the year, organized by grade level. Don't hesitate to ask your child about any of these or reach out if you have questions!

 

Kindergarten

Steady beat

Opposites (short/long, fast/slow, high/low, loud/soft)

4 voice types (speaking, singing, whispering, and shouting)

Sol and mi

Call and response

Read creative rhythmic notation

Play non-pitched percussion instruments

Compose and improvise using long and short sounds

Perform basic locomotor and nonlocomotor movements

 

1st Grade

Steady beat

Ta, ti ti, and rest

Sol, mi, and la

Play chord and level borduns on a xylophone

AB and ABA forms

Rhythmic and speech ostinati

Compose and improvise rhythmic patterns using ta, ti ti, and rest

Read rhythmic patterns using ta, ti ti, and rest

Compose and improvise melodic patterns using sol, la, and mi

Read and sing melodic patterns using sol, la, and mi

Identify and play up and down melodies

Perform locomotor and nonlocomotor movements

 

2nd Grade

Steady beat

Ta, ti ti, two, rests 

Do, re, mi, sol, and la

Sing while performing an ostinato

Sing or speak in 2 parts

AB, ABA, ABC, AABA, AAAB, ABBA, ABAB, ABAC forms

Play a broken bordun on xylophone

Compose short melodies using do, re, mi, sol, and la with or without a 3-line staff

Read short melodies using do, re, mi, sol, and la with or without a 3-line staff

Compose and improvise rhythmic patterns using ta, ti ti, two, and rests

Dynamics (piano and forte)

Perform basic melodic and rhythmic ostinati

Experience music in the meters 2/4 and 3/4

Sing or speak in a 2-part canon

 

3rd Grade

Steady beat

Ta, ti ti, tika tika, two, three, four, ti ta ti, and rests

Do (high and low), re, mi, sol (high and low), and la (high and low)

ABAC and rondo forms

Play a crossover bordun on xylophone

Pentatonic scale

Read music on a 5-line staff

Experience music in meters 3/4 and 4/4

Sing or speak in a 2- and 3-part canon

Differentiate between music that is major or minor

Introduction and coda

Staccato and legato

Compose and improvise an 8-beat rhythmic or melodic pattern 

Compose and improvise using do, re, mi sol, la, do'

Play a melodic ostinato on the xylophone

Sing, play, and compose a melody in do- or la-based pentatonic