music 2
  • In first grade, we will continue expanding upon the major concepts explored in Kindergarten.

    • Loud/soft (dynamics)
    • Fast/slow (tempo)
    • High/low (pitch)
    • Short/long (rhythm)
    • Singing
    • Steady beat
    • Phrases (form)

    Though students explore these topics primarily with their singing voices and through kinesthetic exploration, we spend more time exploring percussion instruments such as egg shakers, rhythm sticks, tone bells, and xylophones. We play singing games and learn to track beats and pitches kinesthetically and visually, which helps students’ musical literacy. The guiding principle for music literacy is “sound before sight”: students are asked to experience a music concept, understanding it both physically and aurally before introducing terminology and reading/writing music.