•  First Grade:

     Rhythm-   Steady beat and silent beat, quarter notes and rests.
     
     Form-  Same/Different and Verse/Refrain
     
     Solfege- sol and mi
     
     Sounds-  go up, go down or stay the same
     
     Voices- man, woman or child
     
     Instruments- triangle, finger cymbals, single maraca, tambourine and various drums.
     
     Culture- "Peter and the Wolf" by Prokofiev and  musical games from different countries.
     
     
     
    Second Grade:
     
    Rhythm- ostinato (repeated) rhythms using quarter notes and rests with the addition of eighth notes
     
    Form- A section, B section, and ABA form 
     
    Solfege- sol, mi and la
     
    Sounds- melody and accompaniment
     
    Note reading- line and space notes
     
    Instruments- Mallet percussion ( xylophones) and introduction to autoharps
                       - recognize the Instrument Families and common instruments by sound
                       
    Culture- African-American music, 'The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky, and "The Carnival of the Animals" by Saint-Saens
     
     
     
    Third Grade: 
     
    Rhythm-  various rhythms using quarter notes and rests, eighths, half-notes and rests, dotted half-notes, whole notes and rests
                 - traditional counting 
     
    Form- Refrain, multiple verses, introduction and coda 
     
    Solfege- sol, mi, la and do
     
    Note reading- music moves by steps, skips, leaps and stays the same
                         - letter names of the notes on the treble clef 
     
    Singing- rounds and patriotic songs
     
    Instruments- ostinato (repeated rhythms) on mallet percussion (xylophones) and autoharps
                       -recognize instruments by sound
      
    Culture- American Folk songs and dances, Native American music and composers Sousa and Joplin 
     
     
     
    Fourth Grade: 
     
    Rhythm- reading rhythms on the recorder
                 - meter, measures, and bar lines 
                 - traditional counting 
     
    Form- Interlude, 1st ending and 2nd ending 
     
    Solfege- sol, mi, la, do, do' and low sol
     
    Note reading- letter names of the treble clef, especially B A G on the recorder
     
    Singing- Partner Songs
     
    Instruments- Recorder 
     
    Culture-Far Eastern music, opera, and 'The Magic Flute"by Mozart  
     
     
    Fifth Grade: 
     
    Rhythms- 4 sixteenths and single eighth notes and rests 
                  - traditional counting 
     
    Form- (taught previously and continued)
     
    Solfege- full scale
     
    Note reading- Treble clef (Bass clef as needed for band or orchestra)
     
    Singing-(taught previously and continued)
     
    Harmony- Basic chords I, V7, IV, and ii (Guitar unit) 
     
    Instruments- Band and Orchestra lessons are available through the Instrumental Dept in 5th gr.
     
    Culture- Latin American music, ballet, and composers Beethoven and Bernstein.