Welcome to Music at Lexington Creek Elementary! I’m Ms. Crittenden and I’m excited to be sharing the joys of music with our LCE students.
In Kindergarten, students learn to hear and move to the steady beat, They also learn to identify high and low sounds, changes in tempo (fast and slow) and dynamics (soft and loud). We also work on singing in our best voices, as well as experimenting with different types of voices. Students enjoy moving, singing and playing classroom instruments such as drums, tambourines, shakers and rhythm sticks.
First-graders begin reading and writing simple rhythm and pitch patterns. Students continue to sing, move and play classroom instruments. In April, the first grade students will perform their Patriotic Parade program, singing patriotic American songs and reading from their own classroom essays.
Our second grade students' music lessons include reading and writing more complex rhythm and pitch patterns as well as building on music vocabulary related to tempo and dynamics. Students have learned tempo words, such as Adagio (slow), Andante (medium) and Allegro (fast).
In third grade, students are reading and singing songs based on the pentatonic scale. We use hand signs and pitch syllables to perform American folk songs, as well as other music from around the world. Students are learning about musical styles, including ragtime, jazz and blues. Using classroom instruments, we read and perform rhythm accompaniments to selected pieces. We will also learn to recognize and identify meter in select listening examples. Third grade students will present a fall musical called "VOTE" in early November.
Fourth and Fifth graders are learning about the composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. Later in the school year we will learn to play the recorder, a small woodwind instrument. Students at this level begin singing songs in two-part harmony, in canon and partner songs. We listen to and identify sections of musical form, including A B, A B A and Rondo.
It is my hope to instill a love of music in all our students. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email me. You can reach me by phone or email.