Elementary Music

The Music Curriculum for Preschool/Prekindergarten and Elementary is as follows by grade:
Learning Focus: 
Our music program here at St. Leo Catholic School is based upon the Orff Shulwerk approach which is focused on the creative process in learning music through singing, moving, and instruments. 
 
Preschool
Preschool children experience music primarily by the following: listening, moving, singing, and playing instruments.  In music, preschoolers will learn God Loves Me, God Made Me, God Made the World.  Listening and moving to music are key concepts in music class.  Singing is an important part of music class and learning how to play pitched and unpitched instruments to enhance musical learning is explored. 
 
Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
Music skills are continuing to be built upon previous experiences from Preschool through listening, moving, singing, and playing instruments.  First Steps in Music by John Feierabend along with supplemental materials are used to enhance student learning in Prekindergarten.  In Kindergarten, students continue showing a steady beat;  imitate 2 pitch melody and recognizing the melody using iconic symbols;  dynamics and tempo recognition;  recognize iconic symbols for quarter notes and quarter rests. 
 
1st Grade and 2nd Grade
Begin using proper technique and problem solving strategy techniques when singing and playing variety of music using instruments.  Steady beat proficiency is continued along with imitating 3 note patterns.  Iconic symbols and standard notation is used to identify half notes, quarter notes, half and quarter rests and beamed eight notes.
 
3rd Grade and 4th Grade
Apply changes in dynamics, tempo, timbre and texture when singing and playing.  Use expressive qualities when performing music from different genres and cultures.  Interpret and notate rhythm patterns in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4.  Recognize standard symbols and terms for dynamics, tempo, and articulation.  Also recognize treble clef notes. Begin part singing through vocal ostinatos, partner songs, counter-melodies in rounds of two or more parts.  4th grade begins recorders.
 
5th Grade
Continuation of recorders.  Recognize and interpret patterns in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 using whole, half, dotted half, quarter, dotted quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes and rests.  Recognize bass and treble clef notes. 
 
Curriculum used in primary grades come from Music Express, Gameplan,  "Linkup" from Carnegie Hall for the Mary Starling concert (5th Grade only)