Palos East Elementary SChool

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Music Curriculum


In music class, concepts are taught using a variety of methods. Our main methods in understanding concepts are through Singing, Moving, Playing, Listening, Creating, and Observing... 

The Music curriculum is a spiraled set of concepts and skills that are built upon year after year. 

THEORY: Students will master the musical theory concepts of Melody, Dynamics, Tempo, Time Signature, Rhythm, Notation, and Sight Reading. 

VOCAL: Students will establish proper vocal tone production and explore different ways of creating music with their voices. They will experience accompanied, a capella, solo and ensemble singing. 

INSTRUMENTS: Students will learn about and play a variety of instruments including pitched and unpitched percussion, Orff instruments (xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels), keyboards, recorders (3rd and 4th grade), and ukulele (5th grade). We will also be exploring electronic music and recording. 

PERFORMANCE: Students will participate in musical performances from 1st through 5th grade, and will hone their performance (and audience) skills. 

APPRECIATION and ROLE IN SOCIETY: Students will build a repertoire of songs for singing (folk, seasonal, multicultural, patriotic, and special topics) as well as music for listening (classical, pop, jazz, and a variety of genres). We will learn about composers from each major era (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic) as well as current composers.