Unity School Students Participate in
Florida Independent School
ELEMENTARY GENERAL MUSIC
Music is an essential part of the human experience. It engages the imagination of children and promotes creative/critical thinking and problem solving skills while building a strong sense of self-worth. Music can act as a bridge to unite integrated learning, enhance an understanding of ethnic diversity, and provide alternative instructional strategies to “get the picture” across.
Music knowledge is based on the development of student understanding, skills and techniques, creation and communication, cultural and historical connections, aesthetic and critical analysis and practical application.
Our music curriculum is comprehensive and sequential. Although some of the same content will be covered in different grades, it will become increasingly more challenging each year.
General Music Objectives
The students will sing songs alone and with others, perform on instruments alone and with others, perform simple patterns and melodies on rhythmic and melodic classroom instruments (percussion and barred), echo rhythmic patterns using quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, half rests, and two-eighth notes on simple rhythmic and melodic classroom instruments, and perform simple patterns and sound effects on instruments to accompany poems, rhymes, chants, and songs.
The students will read and notate music, learn about different musical genres (styles), cultures and time periods, and listen to and describe music.
The students will sing songs alone and with others, perform on instruments alone and with others, and perform melodies and patterns with various rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic classroom instruments (recorders – 3rd Grade, keyboards and other barred instruments – 4th Grade, drums – 5th Grade, etc.) with appropriate instrumental techniques. The 3rd Grade students begin playing recorders the 2nd week of school and continue throughout the school year. The curriculum includes learning fingerings of notes, reading notes in rhythm, and phrasing. In the 4th Grade, keyboard starts after Spring Break and continues until the end of the year. The curriculum includes rhythmic identification, treble staff note identification on the keyboard, basic chord structure, and left hand/right hand coordination of treble staff and bass staff reading. In 5th Grade music class, world drumming begins at the beginning of the school year and continues throughout the year. The curriculum includes learning basic drumming and mallet instrument techniques, using listening skills to identify where their part “fits” in the ensemble, and learning about location, culture, festivals, and lifestyle of other countries.
Students will also read and notate music, understand music in relation to culture and history. The students will learn about music, composers, and musicians that represent various historical periods, genres, and cultures, and describe how elements of music are used in different types of music around the world.
The students will listen to and describe music, analyze simple songs in regard to rhythm, melodic movement, and basic forms (ABA, verse and refrain, etc.), identify instruments and their families and performance groups, use specific criteria to identify strengths and weaknesses and make suggestions for change in his or her own and in others' performances, and understand the relationship between music and other subjects (between folk songs, jazz, blues, and their connection to American history).
The students will: understand the relationship between music and the world beyond the school; know multiple uses in music (i.e., create a dramatic atmosphere, advertising, or entertainment); know and apply appropriate audience behavior in a variety of musical settings; utilize the computer stations to do individual and group work as assigned by the teacher for self improvement in reading and identifying notes and other theory, and to compose individual and group music compositions.