Kindergarten Music - An Overview
Kindergarten music is about encouraging a lifelong love of music! Activities help students become aware of music and movement through all their senses. They experience music through singing, listening, games, and exploring instruments as well as rhythmic movement. Kindergarten students begin to develop their singing voices, a sense of beat and rhythm, and recognition of patterns in music. Ask your child to share with you some of the chants, poems, songs, and dances they are learning in music class!
Quarter 1 The focus this quarter is to get comfortable with music room procedures and routines. Students will learn a variety of songs about farm animals, around the theme and song Goin' to the Farm. Students will explore their speaking, whispering, and singing voices. They will move their bodies with songs and listening pieces. They will also play several different classroom percussion instruments as they add sound effects to songs and practice the pulse of the music.
Quarter 2 The focus of this quarter is to demonstrate expected behavior as musicians in the classroom. Students will demonstrate recognition of the sound of familiar classroom percussion instruments. They'll sing a variety of seasonal songs for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and December holidays. Students will perform a circle dance and identify its form as AB, and create new movements for the A section.
Quarter 3 The focus of third quarter is to consistently demonstrate expected behavior as musicians in the classroom. Students will perform (and differentiate between) steady beat and melodic rhythm. They will perform and identify melody as high or low and getting higher or getting lower, and improvise these sounds on melodic instruments such as the glockenspiel. Students will continue to expand their repertoire of songs.
Quarter 4 The focus of fourth quarter is to exhibit expected behavior as musicians in the classroom. Students will continue to expand their repertoire of songs and rhymes, identifying form, tempo, dynamics, as well as performing steady beat and melodic rhythm. They will continue to identify melody as high or low and getting higher or getting lower. They will play instruments with their songs, and move their bodies to show musical expression in songs and listening selections.