• Kindergarten Curriculum

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    Here is an overview of the key musical skills and concepts that will be introduced in Kindergarten. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a curriculum outline for the year.
     
     
    BEAT  Students will:

    ·         demonstrate a steady beat using pitched and unpitched percussion instruments, body percussion, and through movement.

    ·        respond through movement to music with and without a steady beat.

    ·        play a steady beat while singing a song or speaking a rhyme.

    ·        read simple rhythms using non-standard notation.

     

    RHYTHM Students will: 

    ·         echo simple rhythmic patterns using body percussion and pitched or unpitched percussion instruments.

    ·         improvise rhythms on unpitched percussion instruments.

    ·         distinguish between slow and fast singing and playing.

    ·         demonstrate sound and no sound while singing and playing.

     

    METER Students will:

    ·         experience singing, moving, and playing pitched and unpitched percussion instruments in 2/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time.

     

    FORM Students will:

    ·         experience beginning and ending a song or dance together.

    ·         experience "call and response" and echo singing.

    ·         experience two-part form through singing, moving, and playing instruments.

    ·         create (compose) contrasting sections using word chains.

     

    MELODY Students will:

    ·         distinguish between high and low sounds.

    ·         improvise melodies on pitched percussion instruments.   

     

    HARMONY Students will:

    ·         experience singing while playing simple borduns, drones and pedal points on pitched percussion instruments.

     
    EXPRESSION Students will:

    ·         demonstrate singing, speaking and shouting voice.  

    ·         demonstrate loud and quiet singing and playing.

     

    TIMBRE Students will:

    ·         identify pitched percussion instrument groups (xylophones, metalophones, glockenspiels, bass bars) by their sound alone.

    ·         identify unpitched percussion instrument groups (wood, metal, skin) by their sound alone.

     

    STYLE Students will: 

    ·         perform and move to cultivated and vernacular music from various historic periods and world cultures.