General Music

welcome to music

This year in General Music:


Kindy: 

Kindergarten’s goals for this year are to experience music through singing, dancing, speaking, and playing instruments. Students will work on keeping a beat, call and response, and singing and playing simple melodies and rhythms. They will learn to recognize musical opposites such as fast v.s. slow, high v.s. low, happy v.s. sad, and loud v.s. soft. We will also work on using different voice types: speaking, whispering, singing, and shouting. 


Grades 1 & 2:

First and second grade students will be developing their basic music literacy and appreciation through the playing of body percussion, barred instruments, boom whackers, and African drums. We will also play lots of games, sing, and dance. Students will be exposed to music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras including opera, ballet, and symphonic music. On Fridays, we have "Talent Show Day" where students can showcase their individual talents while practicing performance and audience etiquette. 


Grades 3 & 4:

Third and fourth grade students will be developing their music literacy and appreciation through the playing of barred instruments, African drums, and either Recorder (3rd) or Ukulele (4th). We will also play lots of games, sing, and dance. Students will be exposed to music from the African American Spirituals, Blues, Jazz, and Rock 'N Roll eras. On Fridays, we have "Talent Show Day" where students can showcase their individual talents while practicing performance and audience etiquette. 


Grade 5: 

Fifth grade students will be developing their music literacy and appreciation through the playing of barred instruments, bucket drumming, and Ukulele. Students will also learn how to produce their own Music through the Edu.Bandlab software and other fun programs. 


Classroom Expectations and Grading: 

Students will be graded on a scale of 1-4 that will be reflective of their participation and behavior rather than their musical talent or literacy. If a student is meeting expectations, they will receive a 3. If a student is exceeding expectations, they will receive a 4. It is rare that a student would receive a grade lower than a 3. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your student’s grade at marmstrong2@dcsdk12.org


Looking forward to a great year!!