2nd Grade

                                         Welcome to 2nd grade music!

     In 2nd grade students will continue to develop proper mallet technique as well as identifying pitched percussion instruments.  They will demonstrate proper vocal technique and continue to build a repertoire of folk, seasonal, multicultural, and patriotic songs.  Students will continue to learn more notes in the singing scale as well as new rhythms. They will begin to identify different musical forms. All of this will be experienced through a wide variety of activities that involve singing, dancing, and dramatic play.

Happy New Year!


After 4 months of lessons, second grade students should:

  • understand classroom procedures and routines.
  • know what behaviors are expected of them.
  • recognize eighth notes may be flagged as well as beamed.
  • identify half note and half rest.
  • have had many opportunities to sing, play, and notate So, Mi, and La.
  • demonstrate correct mallet technique, experiencing chord bordun as both a quarter note and half note pulse.
  • be able to perform simple ostinati (speaking, singing, and playing) against a poem or song.
  • understand Introduction, AB, ABA, and Coda.
  • be able to classify barred instruments as wood/metal and begin to identify them as xylophone, metallophone, and glockenspiel.
  • have had several opportunities to explore and improvise (moving and playing instruments).
  • be able to work in small groups, beginning to demonstrate simple problem solving techniques.

Although the above skills may not yet be fully mastered, upcoming lessons will continue to reinforce them. The next few months are significant as second grade students will be introduced to Do and Re scale tones and hand signs, experience broken bordun, label and create simple forms, visualize 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meter, classify timbres of unpitched instruments, and work with partners and independently in small groups.


November


In November students will...
  • Identify and perform the half note.
  • Identify and perform the half rest.
  • Experience a vocal ostinato.
  • Identify and perform a Coda.
  • Identify pitched percussion: Xylophone, Metallophone, and Glockenspiel.

October

In October students will...

  • Identify 2 beamed eighth notes and 2 flagged eighth notes.
  • Demonstrate an ostinato.
  • Experience Major and minor keys.
  • Identify Forte and Piano