• Fourth Grade Curriculum


    Here is an overview of the key musical skills and concepts we will focus on this year. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a curriculum outline for the year.

    After each concept is a letter in parentheses: 
    (I) indicates that this concept is being introduced for the first time this year; 
    (X) indicates that a concept, which has been introduced previously, is being further explored this year; 
    (M) indicates that this concept will be mastered this year. After a concept is mastered, it will be reviewed and used to introduce other, more challenging concepts.


    BEAT Students will:

    • demonstrate multiple beats simultaneously (I) 


    RHYTHM Students will:

    play, read and compose rhythmic patterns using:

    4th grade rhythms (I)

    METER Students will:

    • demonstrate an understanding of changing phrase lengths. (I) 
    • sing, move, and play pitched and unpitched percussion instruments in 2/4, 4/4, 6/8 and 3/4 time. (X) 


    FORM Students will:

    • sing and play two-part canons (X) 
    • sing and play five and seven part rondos. (M) 
    • create "introduction", “interlude” and "coda" sections. (X) 


    MELODY  Students will:

    • read notes on the treble clef staff. (X) 
    • sight-sing simple melodies using the solfege syllables "low so", "low la", "do", "re", "mi", "so", "la" and "high do". (X) 
    • use Curwen-Glover hand signs for "do" (high and low), "re", "mi", "so" (high and low), and "la"(high and low). (X) 
    • improvise and compose melodies on pitched percussion instruments. (M) 
    • improvise and compose melodies on recorder. (I) 


    HARMONY Students will:

    • experience singing two-part canons. (I) 
    • sing one melodic line while playing a crossover bordun on pitched percussion instruments. (M) 


    EXPRESSION Students will:

    • identify and demonstrate "accent", "crescendo", "diminuendo" and "fermata". (M) 
    • perform different dynamic levels (p, mp, mf, f ) within a piece of music . (X) 


    TIMBRE Students will demonstrate correct playing technique on recorder. (I)


    STYLE Students will perform and move to cultivated and vernacular music from various historic periods and world cultures. (X)