Music Curriculum




The student will:

1.    hear music with strong feeling or beat

2.    distinguish between beat/no beat

3.    keep a steady beat

4.    distinguish between long and short sounds

5.    develop the ability to recognize and match pitch

6.    identify upward/downward movement in a melody

7.    hear, sing, and identify high/low sounds

8.    identify rhythm instruments by sight and sound

9.    identify and demonstrate talking, singing, whispering, and shouting as ways to use the voice

10.  move appropriately to different tempos

11.  demonstrate different tempos with body percussion or classroom instruments

12.  use the terms loud/soft correctly

13.  add rhythm instruments to a song


First Grade 


The student will:

1.  play and listen to music with a beat/no beat

2.   keep a steady beat with music

3.  demonstrate a beat through body percussion or movement

4.   recognize sounds that are short/long

5.   recognize a quarter note as one beat

6.   recognize that a rest represents a beat with no sound

7.   imitate rhythm patterns using body percussion or rhythm instruments

8.   vocally reproduce pitches of the teacher/piano

9.   demonstrate through movement whether pitches are high/low

10.  recognize upward/downward movement of pitches

11.  echo-sing melodic patterns

12.  distinguish between a man’s, woman’s, and child’s voice

13.  identify environmental sounds

14.  demonstrate changes in tempo through movement

15.  identify forte and piano in a music

16.  sing songs with/without accompaniment


Second Grade 


The student will:

1.    hear and identify strong beat, steady beat, and melodic rhythm

2.    use body percussion, movement, and rhythm instruments to demonstrate strong beat, steady beat, and melodic rhythm

3.    perform rhythm patterns

4.    identify legato and staccato

5.    follow music notation in a written score

6.    use movement to indicate high and low pitches

7.   use classroom instrument in accompaniments

8.    demonstrate faster/slower through singing, and playing classroom instruments

9.    use the terms crescendo and decrescendo appropriately

10.  recognize the introduction of a song

11.  identify music notation: Treble Clef, staff, quarter note, quarter rest, whole note, repeat sign, double bar line, fine.

12.  perform simple rounds

13.  name the letters of the musical alphabet



Third Grade


The student will:

1.    distinguish between beat and rhythm

2.    identify 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters

3.    identify quarter, half, whole, eighth, and sixteenth notes and rests and their relative values

4.    create and play rhythmic ostinati

5.    recognize music notation:  ties, barlines, accents and fermata

6.    listen to and identify steps, leaps, and repeats

7.    recognize and understand sharp, flat, and natural

8.    identify same, different, and similar melodic patterns

9.    sing songs with a wider vocal range

10.  play melodies on recorder

11.  begin to use the terms accelerando and ritardando

12.  define and use the term dynamics

13.  recognize the following abbreviations and define the terms: p, pp, ppp, mp, f, ff, fff, mf

14.  recognize and define crescendo and decrescendo

15.  recognize introduction and coda in a song or listening selection

16.  identify forms:  AB and ABA

17.  point out the following markings:  D.C. al fine, first ending, second ending, repeat, fine

18.  participate in solo/group singing and in playing classroom instruments

19.  discuss differences/similarities in rhythm, melody, and tone color

20.  name notes on staff



Fourth Grade       

            The student will:

        1.   listen and state the meter as being             in 2s, 3s, 4s, common time or cut time

        2.   read and explain the symbols                     or meter (time) signature

        3.    read patterns using triplets, ties,                 and slurs.

        4.    experiment with the pentatonic                 scale on bells/keyboard

        5.    define and use the terms octave,                 phrase, melodic contour

        6.    play melodies on glockenspiel,                  xylophone,  and boomwhackers

        7.    experiment with various tempos                 when performing

        8.    read the dynamic markings in a song         and respond appropriately: p, pp, ppp,             mp, mp, f, ff, fff, mf, crescendo,                     decrescendo

        9.    pause for the interlude in a song

        10.  define and use the term                             accompaniment

        11.  listen to music of  composers and             explain tone color

Fifth Grade 



    The student will:

1.     read, create, and perform patterns in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8

2.    identify common and cut time

3.    explain the effect naturals, sharps, and flats have on pitch

4.    recognize chromatic structure i.e., half steps and whole steps

5.    recognize major or minor tonality

6.    build a major scale

7.    recognize and define a cappella

8.    define duet, trio, quartet, and chorus

9.    begin to sing in two-part harmony

10.  listen to music from various cultures and historical periods



Sixth Grade



     The student will:

1.    recognize and perform:   syncopation and dotted rhythms

2.    read, create, and perform ostinati

3.    recognize the repeated tones, leaps, and steps in a listening selection and in score

4.    recognize key signatures

5.    name and categorize musical instruments

6.    identify soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices

7.    construct chords and triads with classroom instruments

8.    perform various types of texture: ostinati, partner songs, descants, rounds, and two part harmony

9.    listen to music of various styles and cultures following a listening map

Seventh Grade


    The student will:

1.    recognize all meter signatures

2.    recognize and explain all meter signatures and the mathematics involved

3.    indicate measures that do not belong in a given meter

4.    perform melodic patterns on a classroom instrument

5.    identify musical instruments by site and sound

6.    define melody as a combination of pitch and duration

7.    recognize and perform selected intervals

8.    identify the treble and bass in a score

9.    identify and discuss contrasting dynamics in listening selections and how it reflects a change in tone color

10.  identify and define different styles of music

11.  listen to, discuss, and identify music of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods


Eighth Grade


     The student will:

1.    explore a conductor’s score

2.    create nontraditional (avant garde) compositions using classroom instruments

3.    compare traditional and nontraditional harmony

4.    listen to, identify, and discuss compositions from a variety of cultures

5.    listen to, identify, and discuss musical theater

6.    listen to, identify, and discuss American Composers

7.    perform in a musical:  singing and drama