Kindergarten Through Second Grade
Music class for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade is a place of song, movement, listening, acting, and much more. It’s a place where children understand that music is a gift from God. Students learn about the elements of music and how to implement them: dynamics, tone color, tempo, beat/duration/rhythm, pitch, texture, form, and style. These elements are presented progressively so that each year is a building block for the next. Students learn to feel and move to beat and rhythm, match pitches and sing with solfege (do, re, mi, fa …, play classroom instruments, play game songs, write music (grades 1-3), study music history (grade 3, specifically), and perform short musical plays.
Third grade performs three or four musical plays for their parents and younger classes that are able to attend. Songs from other cultures are a wonderful part of music in all four grade levels. Students sing many, many songs including devotional songs and hymns. Since much of music is learned through doing, it’s not unusual to see students moving about with scarves, hoops, bean bags, or even paper plates.