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    The Loudoun County elementary music curriculum consists of a well-planned sequence of developmentally appropriate experiences leading to clearly defined skills and knowledge. The program is designed to actively involve students of all learning modalities using materials carefully selected for their aesthetic value. The Loudoun County curriculum is aligned with the National Standards for Arts Educationand theVirginia Standards of Learning.Music activities include many opportunities for students to sing, play instruments, move to music, listen and analyze, learn musical notation, create, and perform.


    Singing a varied repertoire of music
    Performing on instruments
    Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
    Composing and arranging music within specific guidelines
    Reading and notating music
    Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
    Evaluating music and music performances
    Understanding relationships between music, the arts, and disciplines outside the arts
    Understanding music in relation to history and culture

    Grading Policy

    Quarterly progress indicators in demonstrating skills and content taught in music are:
    • 4 = Exceeds Standard
    • 3 = Meets Standard
    • 2 = Progress Towards Standard
    • 1 = Below Standard

    Course Objectives

    The students will:

    1. Experience, recognize, respond to, read, notate, perform, and create rhythms and rhythmic patterns in a variety of meters;
    2. Experience, recognize, respond to, read, notate, perform, and create melodic patterns;
    3. Experience, respond to, and perform a variety of musical textures and harmonic structures;
    4. Experience, recognize, identify, and explain aspects of musical form;
    5. Recognize, identify, and respond to expressive elements of music, including dynamics, tempo, and articulation, and will perform music with appropriate expressive qualities;
    6. Experience, recognize, and respond to a variety of instrumental and vocal timbres;
    7. Experience and respond to music of various styles and genres from a variety of world cultures, including music of the classical Western tradition;
    8. Respond to musical experiences and create movement, using developmentally appropriate movement and dramatization;
    9. Employ available technology to augment experiences in the other program objectives; and
    10. Recognize and apply appropriate music vocabulary as they relate to the other program objectives.


    Instructional Materials

    Class materials may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • QuaverEd Music Curriculum
    • Silver Burdett Making Music (2005), Scott-Foresman/Pearson Education (textbooks and recordings)
    • Share The Music (1995), Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Publishing Company (textbooks and recordings)
    • Selections from Music K-8 Magazine, Plank Road Publishing
    • Additional selections from the instructor's repertoire of folk songs, including music from various cultures
    • Pitched and unpitched classroom percussion instruments, including Orff instruments and the World Music Drumming curriculum
    • Remo™ Tubano drums, autoharps, ukuleles, recorders, Boomwhackers™
    • Computer software



    Music at Lowes Island Elementary School

    All students will receive one 50-minute class of music each week. During class, students are exposed to a wide variety of music from differing cultures around the world. All classes will work on vocal technique, music literacy, movement, and performance with instruments. Students are always invited to express themselves creatively through music and during classroom activities.