Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten music!

This year in music students will be introduced to a menagerie of instruments and taught the proper technique for playing them. Students will explore their different voices: speaking, whispering, shouting. They will build a repertoire of songs including folk, multicultural, seasonal and patriotic songs. We will develop their body awareness and explore dramatic play.  By the end of the year students will be able to read short rhythm patterns and differentiate between sound and silence. We do all this with fun visuals and singing games.

Happy new year!

After 4 months of lessons, kindergarten students should:

  • understand classroom procedures and routines.
  • know what behaviors are expected of them.
  • have had many experiences with pulse, fast/slow, and long/short.
  • be able to clap the syllables of their names.
  • have had several experiences with high/low, up/down, and matching pitch to prepare the notes So and Mi.
  • understand same/different.
  • be able to demonstrate playing technique for several unpitched instruments.
  • have had opportunities to explore movement through dramatic play.

Although these skills may not yet be fully mastered, the upcoming lessons will continue to reinforce them.  The next few months will prepare students for the objectives in first grade.

October

In October students will...

  • Experiences different meters: 2/4, 4/4, and 6/8.
  • Establish phrasing.
  • Explore time/space/shape/force in movement.
  • Explore dramatic play.
  • Develop body awareness.

September

In September Kindergarteners will be using a farm theme to learn about...

  • pulse
  • fast-slow
  • long- short
  • short rhythm patterns
  • high-low
  • beginning to sing the notes so and mi
  • pulse against rhythm
  • same-different
  • non-pitched instruments.