"Music - that mysterious, invisible, magical stuff" ~Mordicai Gerstein

Vocal Music Classroom

I look forward to adding more information to this page regularly, but to get started, I wanted to post some of the Music Word Wall words that the specific grades have accumulated over the year so far, as well as offer a brief description of what is happening in music right now!

Kindergarten

Steady Beat
Soft and Loud
Rhythm
High and Low
Scale
Music Alphabet

 

Kindergarten is studying how you can tell a story with music. We made up our own stories and instead of using words, the students guiding me in playing a piano part for each character and part of the story. Then we started reading a book titled Carnival of the Animals, which explains how the famous French composer Camille Saint-Saens wrote the song Carnival of the Animals as a musical story or joke and how each animal has its own song or music to portray it. This current project will include finishing this book, watching the video Peter and the Wolf, which is another famous musical story by composer Sergei Prokofiev, and ending with a look into an American classic, Tom and Jerry, trying to decide what is happening on screen without looking at it, just by the sound, and then watching to see how the sound an picture works together to tell the story, again with no words.

First Grade

Dynamics
Steady Beat
Rhythm
Call and Response

 

First grade is studying the classic children's song Rain, Rain, Go Away and is learning musical notation (note names) and is adding instruments to the song. This project will include some instrument exploration as we try to build our own storm using only instruments and our bodies.

Second Grade

Dynamics
D.C. al Fine
Fine
Endings
Repeat Sign
Steady Beat
Rhythm
Verse
Refrain
Coda
Measure
Pitch
Call and Response

 

Second grade is finishing up with Lone Star Trail a cowboy song that we've learned and added instruments to.  We discussed the musical term pitch, which is another name for musical notes.  This will help them move towards the next concept of melody which is the main tune of a song that is made up of pitches that move up, down, or stay the same.

Third Grade

D.C. al Fine
Fine
Verse
Refrain
Beat
Rhythm
Dynamics
Rests
Bar Lines
Double Bar Line
Time Signature
Measure
Rounds
Partner Songs
Part Songs

Third grade has been studying song types.  They have experienced rounds, partner songs, and part songs.  They are currently working on adding instruments to A Ram Sam Sam, a Moroccan round that uses nonsensical words to create a fun sound.


Fourth Grade

Tie
Slur
D.S. al Coda
Coda
Repeat Sign
Treble Clef
Bass Clef
Dynamics
Bar Lines
Double Bar Line
Rests
Endings
X notes
Verse
Refrain
Fermata
Steady Beat
Rhythm
Ritardando
Accelerando
Strong Beat
Weak Beat
Time Signature
D.C. al Fine
Fine
Call and Response
Measure

 

Fourth grade has been studying the note names on the lines and spaces of the treble and bass clefs.  This is a very important skill to know in progressing towards playing instruments in band and orchestra, as well as singing in groups.  This skill is stressed at the fourth and fifth grade levels in preparation for upcoming opportunities to be a part of groups in which they will need to apply these skills.  This skill will also help them with the next concept we will study, intervals, which is the distance between two notes on the staff. 

Fifth Grade

Tie
Slur
Dynamics
D.S. al Coda
Coda
Time Signature
Harmony
Melody
Verse
Refrain
Rests
D.C.
Syncopation
Fermata
Pick-up Notes
Pick-up Measure
Triplets
Natural
X notes
Partner Songs
Interlude
Call and Response

Fifth grade has also been studying the note names on the lines and spaces of the treble and bass clefs.  This is a very important skill to know in progressing towards playing instruments in band and orchestra, as well as singing in groups.  This skill is stressed at the fourth and fifth grade levels in preparation for upcoming opportunities to be a part of groups in which they will need to apply these skills.  This skill will also help them with the next concept we will study, scales, which is the organizing of notes in groups.  The have begun studying the penta scale (five note scale), pentatonic scale (five particular notes of the major scale), and will soon study the major scale (an eight note pattern used in many ways, one of which is warm-ups in bands, orchestras, and choirs).

 

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