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Tier Two District

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Vocal & General Music

Vision

Music is an essential component in the development of the whole child.  Participation in and appreciation of the arts enable students to develop and apply the skills and knowledge necessary to become productive, creative and innovative members of society.

Mission

The Todd School General Music program offers an outstanding curriculum for students K – 5 that is intellectually stimulating, aesthetically enriching, and personally relevant. The program provide opportunities for all students to explore their creative potential, develop critical standards, and demonstrate their skills, while framing these goals within an inspiring, historical and cultural context. Music teachers strive to cultivate in the students a lifelong appreciation of the arts and guide students of all levels as they develop musically, emotionally, and intellectually. 
 

Curriculum Outline by Grade Level

Through singing, playing, creating, and listening students experience and learn the following concepts:

Kindergarten

Rhythm

  • Steady beat
  • Short/long
  • Sound/silence
  • Un-pitched percussion instruments
  • Body percussion

Melody

  • Pitch:  high/low
  • Melodic direction: up/down
  • Speaking vs singing 
  • Folk and traditional song repertoire

Harmony

  • Major/minor

Form

  • Phrase
  • Same/different
  • AB

Expression

  • Tempo:  fast/slow
  • Dynamics:  loud/soft
  • Timbre:  vocal and instrumental
     

First Grade

Rhythm

  • Steady beat
  • Quarter note/quarter rest/eighth note patterns
  • Beat vs rhythm

Melody

  • Melodic contour and direction
  • Pitch Matching in limited range
  • Folk and traditional song repertoire

Harmony

  • Ostinato patterns
  • Major/minor

Form

  • Phrase
  • Same/different
  • AB, ABA

Expression

  • Tempo
  • Dynamics
  • Timbre:  vocal and instrumental
  • Multicultural music
  • Un-pitched percussion techniques
     

 

Second Grade

Rhythm

  • Steady beat vs rhythm
  • Quarter note/quarter rest/eighth note/half note patterns
  • Strong/weak beats
  • Meter groupings:  2/4, 4/4, ¾

Melody

  • Melodic contour
  • Call and response
  • Verse and refrain
  • 5 line staff:  high/low/middle
  • Pitch matching
  • Folk and traditional song repertoire

Harmony

  • Major/minor
  • Ostinato

Form

  • Phrase:  Same/different
  • Call and response
  • AB, ABA
  • Introduction/Coda

Expression

  • Tempo
  • Dynamics: pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff
  • Timbre
  • Multicultural music
  • Instruments of the Orchestra

 

Third Grade

Rhythm

  • Steady beat
  • Strong/weak beat
  • Reading, writing and playing rhythmic notation using basic note and rest values
  • Time signatures: 4/4, 2/4, 3/4
  • Individual and ensemble: Recorder Karate

Melody

  • Melodic contour
  • Singing with good intonation
  • Good vocal and instrumental tone production
  • Reading and writing melodies using G clef, 5 line staff, and ledger lines
  • Recorder Karate

Harmony

  • Major/minor
  • Pentatonic rounds
  • Partner Songs
  • Ostinato

Form

  • AB, ABA
  • Musical phrases
  • Introduction/Coda/Interlude

Expression

  • Tempo: ritardando, accelerando, allegro, andante, etc.
  • Dynamics: crescendo, decrescendo
  • Timbre
  • Multicultural music
  • Composers and historical periods in music
  • Families of orchestral instruments

Fourth Grade

Rhythm

  • Steady beat
  • Reading, writing and playing rhythmic notation using basic note and rest values including sixteenth notes
  • Time signatures: 4/4, 2/4, 3/4
  • Individual and ensemble: Recorder Karate, boomwackers, handbells, guitars, xylophones, world drums

Melody

  • Scale patterns and steps/skips/repeat
  • Solfege:  movable do
  • Singing with good intonation and vocal tone production (head voice)

Harmony

  • Partner songs
  • 2 and 3 part rounds
  • Chords:  guitar, boomwackers, handbells

Form

  • AB, ABA, AABA
  • Musical phrases
  • Introduction/interlude/coda

Expression

  • Basic symbols of music expression including dynamic, tempo, and other markings (first/second endings, fermatas, DC al fine, DS, and others)
  • Compare and contrast different genre of music
     

Fifth Grade

Rhythm

  • Steady beat vs rhythm
  • Variety of rhythm patterns including dotted notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes
  • Meter signatures including 6/8, 2/2 and 5/4

Melody

  • Various articulations including staccato, legato, and marcato
  • Phrasing and slurs
  • Key signatures – finding do

Harmony

  • Chord changes
  • 2 and 3 part rounds and partner songs
  • Descants

Form

  • Theme and Variation

Expression

  • Tempo, dynamics, articulation
  • Components of Musical Theatre