4th Grade
                                Welcome to 4th grade music!
     
     This year 4th grade student will begin to play recorders as well as learning to read standard notation on the Treble Clef, continue to develop their skills on the barred instruments, develop a repertoire of songs to improve their singing technique and continue to add to their music vocabulary.  All of this will be accomplished through singing, games, dances, and lots of playing instruments.

4th grade bb

Happy New Year!


After 4 months of lessons, fourth grade students should:
  • understand classroom procedures and know what behaviors are expected.
  • identify Ti-Ta-Ti (syncopation) and eighth rest.
  • improvise rhythmically using Question-Answer technique with body percussion and unpitched instruments.
  • identify and demonstrate accelerando and ritardando.
  • continue to identify the lines/spaces of the treble clef staff.
  • demonstrate proper playing technique on the soprano recorder (notes B-A-G-E)
  • demonstrate correct mallet technique including level bordun.
  • identify and perform ostinati (speaking, singing, moving, and playing)
  • recognized members of the recorder family and the orchestral woodwind family.
  • continue to work in small groups, demonstrating problem solving techniques.

Although these skills may not yet be fully mastered, upcoming lessons will continue to reinforce them.  The next few months are significant as fourth grade students will be introduced to the visualization of 6/8 meter, continue to play the soprano recorder (adding the pitches low D and high C), experience moving bordun, identify members of the orchestral brass family, and continue to work with partners and independently in small groups.


November

In November students will...


  • Demonstrate Question & Answer form using unpitched instruments.
  • Perform low E on the soprano recorder.
  • Demonstrate a simple level bordun on the barred instruments.
  • Identify the recorder family.
  • Identify the orchestral woodwind family.

October

In October students will...

  • Demonstrate Question-Answer form using body percussion
  • Label the eighth rest
  • Experience B, A, and G on the soprano recorder
  • Experience ostinato

September

In September 4th grade students will...

  • Practice performing the pulse
  • Be introduced to syncopation
  • Begin Learning notes on the Treble Clef lines & spaces
  • Begin learning the Soprano Recorder
  • Review and perform canon/round
  • Review and perform proper mallet technique
  • Review and perform phrasing
  • Be introduced to rondo form

Recorder Playing Test

Week of February 3rd

Lullaby and Activity 4.pdf

Students need to label all the notes on the Treble clef, Draw the missing stems, and label the fingering at the bottom.

Recorder Playing Test

Week of December 2nd

I have sent home a song for students to practice on the recorder. This practice is optional, however, students will be asked to play the song for assessment when we return from Thanksgiving break. I have discussed with the students that they will not be asked to play the entire song alone but in small groups. If your child feels especially nervous about playing in class they are welcome to see me before or after school to play it for me alone. I have also included the rubric I will be using to assess their playing. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Rain, Rain.pdf
Rubric_-_Recorder_Playing_Test.pdf

HOMEWORK DUE:
    Week of October 28th


It's in the BAG: Students need to label all of the notes with their letter names and circle all of the B's in the tune.

It's in the BAG.pdf

HOMEWORK: DUE WEEK OF SEPT 9TH

Students were given a paper plate that they need to turn into a face of some kind. The use of construction paper, yarn, crayons & markers, is highly encouraged.

HOMEWORK: DUE WEEK OF SEPT 9TH

Students were given a worksheet to create a sentence to help them remember the notes on the Treble clef lines (EGBDF). They are to create a sentence and then draw a picture to represent that sentence.
Grade Four Worksheet.pdf