In the First Grade year we grow and target our learning. Some of our activities include:
SINGING - Songs with new lyrics and improvisations are added weekly; We focus on pitch matching and healthy singing.
PLAYING - Non Pitched work with Steady Beat on Patschen, Echo Rhythms during instructional phases and basic pattern demonstrations using Orff Level One Building Blocks
MOVING - Move-It program continues with attention to movements and structures of the pieces listened to including sections and repeated material; Move-It includes stretch and release characteristics, Upper and Lower body movements.
READING and READINESS
Orff Level One Building Blocks introduced, reinforced in sound then in sight or "read" work; musical patterns start with rhythm and move to pitch. Special Note Reading Terminology introduced with building blocks.
Active Listening found in Move-It program; Styles and Cultures found in recordings of Move-It; Elements exposure to be named in the future; Form and Structure named as Sections A, B, C and Form of same, different, and repeat.
New body movements to show/reinforce sections or Elements during Move-It; New Lyrics to songs especially "WELCOME" while PATSCHEN denotes length of time to fill.
Special events include beginning Orff Ensemble playing in pitched and non pitched instruments including in concert as part of the yearly First Grade classroom unit on Japanese culture.
ABRSD FIRST GRADE MUSIC LEARNING GOALS
Students will Sing:
Sing simple songs using expanded range
Match pitch in appropriate range
Sing in tune with themselves/class
Use healthy singing voices
Students will Play Pitched and Non-Pitched Percussion Instruments:
Demonstrate Steady Beat
Demonstrate “Echo” Rhythms
Demonstrate basic Rhythm patterns
Play simple melodic patterns/intervals
Students will Move with Music:
Demonstrate Fundamental movement (Walk, March, Step, Tap, etc )
Demonstrate expressiveness, form, meter and rhythm
Stretch and Release
Respond to Musical Cues
Use upper and lower body
Students will demonstrate readiness to read music notation:
Recognize basic music symbols
Use visual symbols and cues
Recognize and perform notated musical patterns
Students will engage in active listening:
Exposure to a variety of styles and cultures
Identify Elements of sound (fast/slow, loud/quiet, high/low, mood, tone color)
Identify Elements of Form and Structure – Rhythmic and Melodic patterns, form (same/different)
Students will improvise and compose
Singing – melodies/lyrics
Playing - simple accompaniments, instrumental sounds