students are taught how to differentiate talking and singing for at this young
age some children combine the two in their daily singing at home. The teaching
also focuses on recognizing the high/low, long/short, loud/soft, loud/soft and
fast/slow differences. Many
songs are used to reach the objectives including simple songs, question/answer
songs, singing games and dances. Students enjoy doing the “Jungle Message”
activity for their beat practice.
graders are doing a lot more exploration in singing. We start building the tone
ladder by learning the first three or five notes on it. Through the reviewing
of the songs from previous year we are able to finish this task before the end
of the year while we enjoy lots of singing games, action songs, inner hearing
and question/answer songs.
graders are leaning two part singing with teacher’s hand sign and teacher’s
ostinato. We are learning more music theory such as time signature and forms.
Beat and rhythm are also introduced at this level by doing object passing
games. Simple note writing is also used in the worksheet activities. Students
are writing line and space notes to prepare for their solfege reading for the
next year. Singing games require more cognitive thinking such as spacing and
how one can win the game.
is a level of reviewing lots of previous knowledge. We use songs with more
verses and sing solfege from songs by memory. Inner hearing and hand sign
singing are going hand in hand. Tone ladder at this stage is very easy for them
because we use almost every lesson. Writing and reading music are combined
since their sense of pitch have grown so much after the first three years.
Rhythm is kept in reading quarter and 8th notes and the teacher
reinforces steady beats at all times.
graders start to use notes that have half steps and increase their tones up to
11 on the tone ladder. Many songs from American heritage have been taught at
this time. We enjoy old American folk songs and learning the play parties and
singing games. Pitch at this level is so much secured so we sing canons more
often and sometime we do this activity with circle moving to increase the fun
of it. Fourth graders present a spring program for the school and PTO in the
spring time. A drum ensemble also presents a short program for March PTO night.
graders are our seniors and we do talent show at the end of the school year
through auditions and an after school choir is presenting a winter program in
December. Canons are used almost every time in our lessons. Rhythm learning
includes 16th note and syncopation. We still do dances and singing
games. Preparing students for middle school in always my top priority.