Grade 1

September:
  • Classroom Rules and Procedures
  • Vocalizing high and low sounds
  • Differentiating the speaking voice and singing voice
  • Matching pitches through singing (Tonal focus: so-mi)
  • What is beat?
  • Taking turns in games and songs
  • Sharing
  • Singing individually
  • Moving to music (stop/go; beat)
October:
  • Keeping steady beat
  • Quiet vs. Loud (Piano vs. Forte)
  • Listening (Radetsky March)
  • Matching pitches (Tonal focus: minor key using Halloween songs/Literacy connection: using complete sentences)
November:
  • Matching pitches (singing songs of various tonal patterns and keys)
  • Call-and-response (individually and in small and large groups)
  • Exploring basic percussion instruments: Names of the instruments, how to play, analysis of the materials that make up the instruments, how sound is produced with various instruments
December:
  • Listening and differentiating High vs. Low
  • Repeating pitches
  • Differentiating words to describe range of pitch (high/low) vs. dynamics (loud/quiet)
  • Exploring the step bells (high/low and up/down)
  • Holiday music
January - February:
  • Identifying/Playing/Singing Ascending, Descending, and Repeating Pitch Patterns
  • Circle Games: Taking turns, performing large motor skills, finding partners respectfully
  • Beat vs. Rhythm: Identifying the difference through listening, singing, and performing
March - May:
  • Matching pitches
  • Rhythm Work (Quarter Note, Eighth Notes, Quarter Rest)
  • Group Dance Rural Felicity from New England Dancing Masters
        Students will learn a group dance to a jig.  
        In addition to learning the dance, we will also focus on:
        Respect:
            -For each other (fellow students)
            -The teacher
            -Music and the dance themselves (not chatting and talking during the music and dance)
            -Having fun
  • Listening Lesson: Excerpt from Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 II. Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • Beat Patterns (Listening for 2 and 3 in music)

June:
  • Review of content from the school year