The Cedar School Music Curriculum conforms to both the Massachusetts and Hanover teaching standards
Kindergarten and Grade 1
Our First Steps in Music Curriculum Activities that preserve the rich repertoire of songs and rhymes with traditional and folk literature that have been passed down for generations. The examples we will explore during our year below are based on extensive research related to the development of singing and movement skills in young children. fingerplays and action songs call and response echo songs pitch exploration movement exploration Prodigies Music: New this year!-learning the language of music that is fun and effective! Gives children a strong foundation for other school skills. We will memorize and learn the solfege scale with memorized hand signs. Children will memorize the notes while playing color-coded hand bells, xylophone bars, and boom whackers. They will learn games, call and response rhythms, engage in active listening and pitch recognition, rhythm dictation, and ensemble practice of fun songs. The songs will tie in playing pitched and percussion instruments, singing, hand signing, and body percussion!
Daily Lesson Format: basic and subject to flexibility! warm ups with exercises, movement songs or games i.e., wacky warm up, bubble gum pop, Kye, Kye Kkule, Lollipop Bop, Ebeneezer Sneezer, M&M Warm-Up! Anticipatory sets-a little introductin! modeling the lesson to give a clear understanding of expectations guided practice as teacher demonstrates alongside the children independent practice activities for children to explore on their own closing song, game, movement activity
Instruments used in the classroom: hand bells non-pitched percussion, such as shakers, wood blocks, bells, drums, claves, finger cymbals xylophones triangles, guiros, tambourines, sand blocks boom whackers color coded bars based on the C Major scale KINDERGARTEN LESSONS beat vs rhythm body movement to beat of song play the beat with classroom instruments beat vs no beat play the rhythm of words with classroom instruments beat vs rhythm with body movement the 4 voice types singing with accurate pitch opposites-fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low playing high/low with classroom instruments identify quarter and eighth notes, difference between one eighth and two eighth notes the quarter rest, performing rhythms containing quarter rests, notes and eighth notes performing rhythms containing quarter rests on classroom instruments and play instruments with appropriate technique create rhythms using icons such as hearts and hands music of the 1920's such as Gershwin and Fats Waller and Jazz GRADE 1 LESSONS clap rhythm and beat of song, notate rhythm with icons and rhythm syllables ta, ti, use hearts for the beat identify incorrect rhythms reading iconic notation compose rhythm using iconic notation, what is compose? drawing quarter and eighth notes read and perform rhythm in standard notation music of the 1930's I Got Rhythm- Gershwin perform rhythms consisting pf quarter and eighth notes the quarter rest, and dynamics-piano/forte, tempo- presto/largo life of Duke Ellington demonstrate high/low pitches with body movement notate a melody with two pitches play a melody on a pitched classroom instrument such as the xylophone instruments of the Orchestra-Peter and the Wolf, Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Plus many other literature sources, lessons, and videos supplemented into our day to enhance the curriculum. Additional lessons will be added for holidays,grade level curriculum alignments, the seasons, and special school events.