Grade K0-K1: Working on classroom songs which help reinforce our sense of physical space, number sense, and the alphabet. In these classes we are instilling a basic sense of music by exploring many childhood and church/worship songs. And of course, there are music games and dancing galore.
K2: Students in K2 are exploring the basic building blocks of music. In term one, we are learning about Musical Pitch and identifying high and low notes. K2 is also exploring the difference between slow and fast songs through dance and coloring exercises. We study songs which reinforce number sense, days of the week, the alphabet; as well as musical story songs and church music.
Grade 1: Students are learning about the many percussion instruments we have in the music room. By the end of Term 1 we will be able to identify all instruments by their name, and play them correctly. Student work daily to understand rhythm through copying preset rhythms and creating their own!
Grade 2: Grade two is currently learning the basics of solfege. Solfege is a musical tool which will help us grow as musicians! Once mastered, we will use these tools daily in our upcoming unit which focuses on telling a story through music.
Grade 3: This year we are studying American Music in grade 3. Currently we are studying how many cultures joined together to create America as we know it today; and each of these cultures contributed to American music. To begin this unit we are singing the School House Rock Song "Great American Melting Pot".
Grade 4: Grade 4 is studying the musical instruments of the orchestra. We just concluded our string unit, and are working on learning different brass instruments. Students are able to identify different instruments by both their physical/visual and aural cues. We love listening to the fun cello songs performed by the Piano Guys.
Grade 5: Grade 5 will be working this year to understand all 7 major elements of music. Currently, we are beginning with rhythm. Students are learning the building blocks of musical rhythm including note and tempo identification, and basic meter. We are getting really good at this, and have even started to write our own rhythms which we perform as a class.
Grade 6: Over the course of the year, 6th grade will be studying musical traditions from around the world. We started as far away as possible, with Australia and India! We are making Musical Passports over the course of the year, which we can keep as a reminder of all our hard work!