Elementary Music Class (1st - 3rd grade)
This elementary class utilizes the Kodaly Method to teach music. The Kodaly Method uses hand-signs to represent the different pitches (do re mi fa sol la ti do). This method also introduces basic music theory. Students will learn rhythm (note & rest value) using syllable-names to identify how many counts a note or rest receives (for example: ta is a quarter note which receives one count. When you say "ta" it is only one syllable). Other terms taught will be steady beat, staff, treble clef, bar lines, repeat signs, dynamic markings, and tempo. Along with basic theory, students will learn to sing individually and as a group, matching rhythm and pitch. By the end of the semester, students will be able to use what they have learned to understand and read age-appropriate songs from class on the musical staff as they sing it. A variety of music will be introduced to listen to and learn to analyze (classical, folk, hymns...) as well as history of some music composers. A study on the different sections and instruments of the orchestra will also be included. Related field trips are being considered.
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