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
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)
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
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
- 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”.