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Music in First Grade

We will use the same building blocks, concepts and instruments from Kindergarten, but the music will be more developed. Children continue to solidify a sense of beat and pitch, and are now ready for more sophisticated Orff orchestration. Rhymes, poems, and folk songs provide text for musical improvisation. During the year, children begin to sing simple rounds. Students also explore how music relates to learning in other areas such as social studies, math and literacy, and they gain a sense of how music can serve as a lens through which we can better understand our world and our place in it.

Students will:

  • Enjoy singing, games, concepts, exposure to different music, exploration and experimentation with different classroom percussion instruments.
  • More focused experimentation with classroom instruments.
  • Explore opportunities for creative and expressive movement.
  • Learn to match pitch and sing in tune with a group.
  • Develop social emotional skills through small group music making
  • Build imagination and curiosity while exploring creativity.
  • Show musical form with dance, pictures, letters, or objects to make up original music in form like AB or ABA or ABACA (rondo form).
  • Play patterns on xylophones with proper mallet technique.
  • Compose more advanced combinations of rhythmic and melodic patterns on Orff instruments.
  • Sing combinations of solfege syllables (Do, Re, Mi, etc.) with hand signs.
  • Perform rhythmic dictation including eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes and whole notes.
  • Explore rhythmic connections to mathematical arithmetic and social studies.
  • Explore the lyrical and musical meaning of songs from different cultures while investigating their connection to themes of inclusivity and equity.
Director of Music Programs
310-476-2868 ext 221