Music Curriculum

  • What Do We Learn In Music?

    Listening, Analyzing & Responding

    Culture & History


    Elements of Music


    Group Skills & Performing

    Creative Movement & Dramatics






    Creating & Composing


    Music Notation


    Music Technology


    What are the Goals for Learning?

     1. Listening, Analyzing and Responding

    Students will be able to:

      1. Explain and/or show ways to be a good audience.
      2. Listen to many styles and moods of music.
      3. Respond, show, tell or write about music.
      4. Hear (audiate) and identify the rhythm and tone patterns.
      5. Actively listen while moving, singing and playing instruments
      6. Create something inspired by music

    Essential Questions:

      1. How do we show respect and consideration when listening in music class?
      2. What are we listening for?
      3. How do we show what we hear?
      4. How do we express what we understand in musical terms?

     2. Culture & History 

    Students will be able to:
    1.Identify places where people make music:
    2.List ways that music is part of culture.    
    3.Reflect upon and discuss ways music has evolved.
    4.Express ways that music connects to our own lives.
    5.  Study and perform diverse music by singing and playing instruments.

    Essential Questions:

    1.Who made the music?

    2.What kind of music did they make?

    3.Where did they make music?

    4.When did they make the music

    5.Why did they make the music?

    6.How did they make music?


       3. Elements of Music

    Students will be able to:

    Name, describe, perform and create with musical elements.
    1. Sound             Vibrations, Music, Noise, Silence
    2. Pitch               Tone Patterns
    3. Rhythm           Beat Patterns
    4. Dynamics        Volume: Loud, Medium, Quiet
    5. Tempo            Speed: Fast, Medium, Slow
    6. Form               Beginning, Middle, End

    Essential Questions:
    1. What is music made of?
    2. How does music work?
    3. What kinds of sounds are there? 
    4. What patterns do we hear
    5. How do we create musical sounds and patterns with our bodies, voices, and instruments?

      4. Group Skills & Performing                           

    Students will be able to:

    1. Define musical roles.
    2. Define and use individual performance skills.
    3. Define and use cooperative performance skills.
    4. Observe or experience performance roles in a variety of settings.

    Essential Questions:
    1.What are the essential agreements, rules and procedures in music?
    2.How do we help the music when we cooperate?
    3.What are the consequences when we don’t cooperate?
    4.How do we perform music with and for others?
    5.How do we follow signals from a leader, director or conductor?
    6. How can we be leaders?

       5. Creative Movement & Dramatics

    Students will be able to:
    1. Control and coordinate the body to move and dance to music.

    2. Control our bodies to make music with voice and instruments.
      Posture: feet, legs, hips, spine, shoulders, arms, neck, head
      Breath Support: mouth, nose, diaphragm, rib cage, lungs
      Tone Control: voice, hands, arms, lips and fingers

    3. Create and express authentic ideas and moods.

    Explore the connections among creative movement, dramatics and music.

    Essential Questions:

    1.   How do our bodies work to move, sing, play instruments and express ideas and feelings?
    2.   How do we show emotions, ideas, actions, etc. along with movement and music?
    3.   What actions go with the story or feeling in the music?
    4.   How do we move with self-control?
    5.   What do different sounds in music remind us of?
    6.   How do musical sounds make us make us feel?

       6. Singing                                                        

    Students will be able to:

    1.Identify and discuss types of singers.

    2.Identify and discuss types of singing.

    3.Identify and sing musical patterns and expression. 

    4.Identify and demonstrate how parts of the body are used for singing.

    Perform diverse musical repertoire. 

    Essential Questions:

    1.How do our voices work?

    2.What sounds can we make with our voices?

    3.What can we sing and express?

    4.How do we sing with a partner or small group?

    How do we sing along with movement, dramatics and instruments?    


       7. Instruments                                               

    Students will be able to:

    1.Identify and discuss types of instrumental music.

    2.Identify and discuss types of instrumental musicians.

    3.Identify and discuss instrument families.

    4.Play classroom instruments, handle them carefully, use them correctly.

    Perform diverse musical repertoire. 

    Essential Questions:

    1.How do instruments work?

    2.What can we play and express?

    3.How do we play instruments for a performance?

    4.How do we play instruments with singing, dancing and dramatizing?

    What can we create and express with instruments?    

       8. Creating & Composing                               

    Students will be able to:

    1.Describe the role of the music creator, composer or improviser.

    2.Select musical patterns and elements of music to express ideas and moods.

    3.Improvise or plan patterns of rhythm, tone and/or expressive elements.

    Communicate original musical ideas.    

    Essential Questions:

    1.How was the music created?

    2.How do we develop musical ideas?

    3.How can sounds tell a story or show a feeling?

    4.What patterns can we create or choose to play with instruments?

    How can we show an idea with music?


        9. Music Notation                                                     

    Students will be able to:

    1.Experience a print-rich environment for music.

    2.Use, select, draw or interpret pictures to represent musical sounds.

    3.Name, count, audiate, perform, read and write rhythm and tone patterns.

    Name, define, read and write basic music notation symbols.   

    Essential Questions:

    1.How do we read, write and communicate musical ideas?

    2.What patterns can we hear, see and play?

    How can we share our musical ideas with others?    

         10. Music Technology

    Students will be able to:

    1. Operate or be able to read headings on iTunes player or other music listening software or hardware.

    2. Access teacher website and apps for music learning, listening and assessment.

    3. Access and accomplish music learning activities on websites.

    4. Gain an understanding of the uses and outcomes of audio/visual equipment in learning and performance situations.

    5. Use software to create music-learning presentations.       

    Essential Questions:

    1.   How do we use materials and technology to explore music?

    2.   How do I participate respectfully when utilizing technology (computers, software, mp3s, Internet, cds, microphones, video cameras, tri-pods, music stands, gear, etc.)?

    3.   How do I participate for learning with classroom technology?

    4, How can I learn, create and perform music with electronic instruments or computers?