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Music Class Expectations

Students are instructed with recorders in grades 1 (after Christmas break) and 2-5. They are expected to practice their recorders 3 or 4 times a week, for 5 minutes at a time. They are responsible for getting a parent or guardian to sign their practice sheet in order to give the music teacher confirmation that they did indeed play their instruments. Students need to have their recorders with them on music class day, their signed practice sheet, as well as any music papers that have been handed out to them during the school year.

These expectations go along with the school policy that each student should come to school prepared for classes on that given day. I know young people have busy schedules, but the 5 minutes I am asking for is reasonable. This will help build self-esteem at being able to play an instrument with their peers.

Classroom singing is also part of the weekly music classes. Hopefully, their classroom singing is FUN for all!

Music Class Specifics by Grade Level

  • With the K students, we sing children’s songs, clap out rhythms, & learn to sing the solfege (Do Re Mi…) scale.

  • In 1st grade , the students begin to learn to read the treble clef. After the Christmas break, they receive recorders and learn to play 5 notes (G,A,B,C,D) with the left (upper) hand.

  • By 2nd grade, they learn about how long different notes are held. This means knowing the difference between a quarter note and a half note. They learn to use the right (lower) hand to get more notes out of the recorder. We continue to do sing songs (on pitch- hopefully!).

  • By 3rd grade, they are playing whole, yet simple songs. Their note vocabulary on the recorder increases. They begin singing songs from the American experience that have positive messages, i.e. Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend”.

  • In 4th grade, they are expected to play more complex rhythms on their recorders, and begin to play longer song forms.

  • By 5th grade, they are expected to play a complete chromatic scale from “middle C” up an octave and a half to “high G”. They are singing “rounds” wherein different parts are sung at the same time. By this time, the boys and girls can split into two groups and sing both gender parts of the Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.