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“Music can change the world because it can change people.” 
― Bono

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K-3 Curriculum Summaries

Summaries

KINDERGARTEN YEARLONG SUMMARY

FALL

Concepts:       

Music can be loud or soft, “f” means loud, classroom instruments have distinct tone qualities, music moves at different speeds

Songs:             

Hey, Betty Martin, What Do You Hear?, The Bus, Steady Pass the Pumpkin, Did You Ever See a Squirrel?

Listening:       

2nd Movement, Symphony No. 94 by Haydn (Surprise)

Slavonic Dance No. 15 in C Major by Dvorak

Take the A Train, Ellington

Activities Include:   

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, rhythm instruments,

pumpkin games and rhythm piece

WINTER

Concepts:      

Classroom instruments have distinct tone qualities, music moves at different speeds, sounds have a specific duration in time (long and short), two or more sounds may occur at the same time, words of a song influence all other elements like melody, rondo form (ABACADAEA)

Songs:             

A Rondo for Hanukah, Mitten Song, Jingle Bells, Over in the Zoo, What Do You Hear?, Old MacDonald, The Pawpaw Patch

Listening:     

Skaters’ Waltz by E. Waldteufel

Turtles, from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns

Fleet-Footed Animals, from Carnival of the Animals by Saint- Saëns

Listen and Learn Train Sounds and Rain Sounds

Activities Include:   

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, rhythm instruments,

worksheet activities, snowman poem, paper plate skate in ¾ time, mitten game

EARLY SPRING

Concepts:      

Pitches may be high or low, music moves to a steady beat

Songs:           

Baby Bumblebee, Pawpaw Patch, See the Stars, Ten Little Indians, Roses are Red, Messenger Song, I Walked Downstairs, Johnny Works with One Hammer, Oh, A-Hunting We will Go, Five Little Monkey

Listening:     

Lesquecarde from Le Roi s’amuse by L. Delibes

Elephants from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns

The Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Saint- Saëns

The Star Story Star and Starfish by M. Sanchez

Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid by A. Menken

March from Summer Day Suite by S. Prokofiev

Dinosaur Song

Activities Include:   

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, rhythm instruments, worksheet activities, hand dance, xylophone activities, yarn ball beats, bubble voices, painting to steady beat, letter game

 

FIRST GRADE YEARLONG SUMMARY

FALL Concepts:        

Music can be loud or soft, louder or softer (p, f, <,  >), music moves at different speeds

Songs:              

I’m a Little Teapot, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, The Mulberry Bush, Steady Pass the Pumpkin

Listening:         

American Salute by Gould

Russian Dance by Stravinsky

Activities Include:

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, drums, pumpkin games and rhythm piece

WINTER

Concepts:        

Sounds produced by different sources have distinctive tone qualities, music moves according to a steady beat, rondo form (ABACADAEA)

Songs:              

A Rondo for Hanukah, Mitten Song, Jingle Bells, Where Has My Little Dog Gone?, The Barnyard Song, The Mulberry Bush, Go In and Out the Window

Listening:         

Activities Include:       

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, drums, rhythm instruments,worksheet activities, snowman poem, paper plate skate in ¾ time, mitten game

EARLY SPRING

Concepts:        

Rhythm of words or melody may differ from the pulse, the arrangement of pitches in a melody gives the melody a specific shape (contours), pitches may move by step or leap, the melodic line naturally divides into units expressing musical ideas (phrases), sounds produced by different sources have distinct tone qualities

Songs:              

All Night, All Day, Lone Star Trail, The Bear Went over the Mountain, Early in the Morning, There Are Many Flags, All the Birds Are Here Again, Little White Duck, Eency, Weency Spider, I Made a Valentine, Messenger Song, I Got a Card, I Walked Downstairs  

Listening:         

Listen and Learn 1: Bird Calls

A Tisket, A Tasket

Lesquecarde from Le Roi s’amuse by L. Delibes

The Roller Coaster by Sanchez

Activities Include:       

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, drums, rhythm instruments,

worksheet activities, playing resonator bells, marching with drums, contour cards, yarn ball catch, letter game 

 

SECOND GRADE YEARLONG SUMMARY

October/November

Concepts:        

Music has a melodic shape, Music has rhythmic units (ta, ti-ti, ta-ah, rest), Music has dynamics (p, f, mf, <,  >) Phrases can be legato, some phrases or notes can be staccato, solfege syllables (do re me…) and sight singing

Songs:              
All the Pretty Little Horses, Come Here, Come Here, Steady Pass the Pumpkin, Sakura, America the Beautiful, Pop Goes the Weasel

Listening: 

Pretty Little Ponies, Kenny Loggins        

Activities Include:      

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, walking game,

Les Salutes dance, rhythm card passing game, yarn phrases, pumpkin games and rhythm piece

December/January

Concepts:        

Musical pulses move at different speeds (fast, slow, moderate), music has form and themes, ostinato (rhythmic idea or theme that repeats) patterns, melodies may be accompanied by combinations of pitches called chords, pitch placement using solfege hand syllables (do re me…)

Songs:              

Jingle Bells, There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig, The Cuckoo, Goodbye, Old Paint, Git Along, Little Dogies

Listening:         

The Sleigh Ride by L. Mozart

March from Little Suite by J.S. Bach

Choral from Little Suite by J.S. Bach

Musette from Little Suite by J.S. Bach

The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps by VeggieTales

Billy the Kid (excerpt) by Copeland

Activities Include:

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, xylophones, rhythm instruments, mitten game, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, discussions on Austria, yodeling and cuckoo birds and cattle ranching & branding, Autoharp and strumming, worksheet activities

February/March

Concepts:        

Music has form and themes, ostinato (rhythmic idea or theme that repeats), melodies may be accompanied by combinations of pitches called chords, pitch placement using solfege hand syllables (do re me…), musical textures (polyphonic music), Two or more sounds may occur at the same time, sound sources may be combined to produce a wide variety of tone colors (timbres), the distinct sound of a band, orchestra, adult and children’s choir, instrument families in the orchestra, repeated rhythm patterns may suggest even movements or uneven movements

Songs:              

Goodbye, Old Paint, Git Along, Little Dogies, Roses are Red, Little Wheel A-Turning, Oats, Peas, Beans, Great Big Stars  

Listening:         

America by John Cacavas

Wellington’s Victory (excerpt) by Beethoven

America (adult choir)

America (children’s choir)

Billy the Kid (excerpt) by Copland

Seven Jumps, dance

Shoemaker, dance

Activities Include:

Singing, movement, rhythm sticks, clapping, xylophones, rhythm instruments, letter game, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, rhythm cards, Valentine poem, yarn ball catch

 

THIRD GRADE YEARLONG SUMMARY

October/November

Concepts:        

Music can be relatively loud or soft (mp, mf), Music has rhythmic units (ta, ti-ti, ta-ah, rest), Music has dynamics (p, f, mf, <,  >), Music moves at different speeds (accelerando, ritardando), solfege syllables (do re me…) and sight singing, music has different textures (monophonic, homophonic, polyphonic)

Songs:              

Michael Finnegan, Steady Pass the Pumpkin, Old Texas

Listening:         

Sunrise from Grand Canyon Suite by Grofé

Activities Include:

Singing, movement, creating sunrise composition, rhythm sticks, clapping, walking game, partner clapping game on Michael Finnegan, dynamics and other terms partner practice activity, pumpkin games and rhythm piece, creating texture compositions on xylophones

December/January

Concepts:        

The distance between two pitches may be measured and named, pitch placement using solfege hand syllables (do re me…), music may be a vehicle for the transmission of various traditions and cultures, music can be played at a variety of dynamic levels, the symphonic poem (music that tells a story), music moves to a steady pulse, music has meter signatures like 2/4 time, ostinato (rhythmic idea or theme that repeats) and bordun patterns, partner songs and harmony

Songs:              

O, Hanukkah, Pat-a-Pan, Froggie Went A-Courtin’, You’re a Grand Old Flag, Canoe Song

Listening:         

The Moldau, from My Fatherland by Bedrich Smetana

Comedian’s Galop from the Comedians, by Kabalevsky

Activities Include:

Singing, movement, play acting, rhythm sticks, clapping, hora dance, dreidel game, mitten game partner clapping games, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, discussions on Europe and Czechoslovakia, enhanced listening activities, worksheet activities, xylophone ostinato (rhythmic idea or theme that repeats) and bordun patterns, introduction to conducting

February/March

Concepts:        

Music has textures (polyphonic music), ostinato (rhythmic idea or theme that repeats), pitch placement using solfege hand syllables (do re me…), songs usually have a home tone and tend to want to end on the home tone, every composition follows an outline of ideas or themes (round and countermelody), form (ABA), rhythmic units may be proportionally longer than, shorter than, or of the same duration as the pulse

Songs:              

Canoe Song, O Susanna, Lovely Evening, Horsey, Horsey, Roses are Red, The Queen of Hearts, Great Big Stars

Listening:         

Comedian’s Galop from the Comedians, by Kabalevsky

Activities Include:

Singing, movement, play acting, rhythm sticks, clapping, yarn ball catch,

partner clapping games, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, Valentine speech piece (polyphonic), dynamic review, rhythm review