Week 12

This week in music 3rd through 5th grade students are continuing to expand their knowledge of the fingerings for notes on the recorders and gaining better control of their sound through practice and drilling. Students are learning new songs and practicing playing with musical expression.


1st and 2nd graders are continuing to demonstrate musical expression through conducting and writing their own expression to match songs that they are learning. This includes adding dynamics and articulations to the music.

Week 11

This week 3rd through 5th graders are learning the fingerings and breath technique for recorders. Students are practicing producing consistent tone on their instruments and learning to tune the pitch by ear. Students are also learning to play a variety of their vocal repertoire on their instruments. Students are also continuing to practice and learn about musical expression.


1st through 2nd graders are learning about musical expression through conducting and circle game activities. These students are also learning new songs by rote.

Week 10

3rd through 5th grade students are beginning to learn recorder this week. We are starting with wind technique, long-tones, breathing and embouchure and learning the fingerings for a pentatonic scale in C major. Students will soon be using the notes in this scale to learn songs and improvise melodies.

1st and 2nd graders are continuing with dynamics and expression. We are learning about how different dynamic decisions in musical compositions effect the artistic out come. Students are singing their current repertoire now with dynamics and expression. To reinforce the understanding, students are learning about conducting and how to represent musical expression through body motion in rhythm.

Week 9

Students in 1st grade and 2nd grade are learning about Italian musical terms for dynamic expression. Students are practicing writing the short hand symbols for Forte, Piano, Mezzo Forte, and Mezzo Piano and creating visual representations of what these terms mean. These students then will perform songs and rhymes we have learned with dynamics and will come up with their own dynamics for the songs.

Students in 3rd through 5th grade are beginning to learn recorder technique. Students are singing pentatonic scales and learning the fingerings on recorder to play these scales. In the next unit, students will be learning to improve with their instruments as well as play songs and learn more about notation.

Week 8

This week students in 1st grade and 2nd grade are learning about how the elements of musical compositions create meaning by listening to classic works such as flight of the bumble bee and ballet of the unhatched chicks. While listening, students perform activities that connect to specific musical elements such as timbre, rhythm, and dynamics.

Students in 3rd through 5th grade are finishing their rhythmic notation projects and decorating Halloween rhyme posters. The students have created their own original rhymes and set them to their own rhythmic compositions. 3rd graders through 5th graders are now learning to speak their rhythms with body movements and dance. 3A and 5A are performing Stand! for our assemble with the theme of integrity.

Week 7

This week grades 3, 4, and 5 are decorating their rhythm posters and practicing performing the rhymes they wrote as we continue to explore rhythm and reading eighth notes, sixteenth notes and quarter notes.

3A and 5A are rehearsing the song Stand! by Sly and the Family Stone for a performance at the upcoming assembly to go with our theme of integrity.

Grades 1 and 2 are beginning a new unit where we learn about meaning in musical compositions. This week we are playing games and rhythmic activities to demonstrate the meaning in classic compositions such as the Surprise Symphony by Haydn, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Mussorgsky, and Flight of the Bumble Bee by Korsakov.

Week 6

Students in grade 3 through 5 are currently writing rhythmic compositions using standard music notation and rhyming words. Students are matching the word syllables to rhythmic music notes in a given meter. We are continuing to learn about the elements of music and beginning to introduce reading rhythms.

Students in grades 1 and 2 are learning to play songs on the bells using proper mallet technique and focusing on rhythmic accuracy. In grades 1 and 2 we are combining instruments and singing by playing simple melodies on the bells and singing. We are also continuing to work on singing accuracy with song and circle games.

Week 5

This week we are learning more about the elements of timbre, meter, and rhythm. Students in all grades are using mallet percussion bells to practice keeping a steady beat, playing ostinatos using quarter notes, eighth notes and half notes, and playing simple song accompaniment. 3rd through 5th grade are practicing 16th note rhythms through clapping, counting, stomping and snapping their fingers. 1st and 2nd grade are using bells to keep a steady beat and learning to count in triple and duple meter. Students in 2nd through 5th grade are also exploring basic melodic improvisation on five note scales and 3rd through 5th grade are continuing to learn standard notation and note subdivision.

Week 4

This week first and second graders are learning how to count rhythmically using ball passing games in a circle, rhythm sticks, walking to the beat, and rhythmic rhyming.

Third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade are learning about rhythm by counting and diving beats with rhymes. Fifth graders are analyzing rhymes and notating the rhythms with standard notation.

All students are learning about timbre by playing voice recognition games and using chrome music lab’s harmonic spectra analyzer to study the frequency content of different sounds.

Second through fifth grade is also learning to sing a new song in the minor key.




Fifth graders exploring improvisation on piano through ostinatos.


First grade playing Charlie over the ocean to practice singing solo.


5th Graders practicing rhythmic rhymes of original composition and writing them down in standard music notation.