Second graders come to music twice a week for 30 minutes each class. We build upon the basic skills we learned in kindergarten and first grade and expand our rhythmic and melodic vocabulary. We also continue to build a large repertoire and gain more skills with a variety of instruments.
Second Grade Musical Concepts
Half notes- second graders will add to their rhythmic vocabulary by learning about half notes, a longer rhythmic duration. We will learn a new bunch of songs with half notes, move them, play them, sing them, and compose with them.
Mi-Re-Do- second graders will add mi-re-do to their melodic repertoire (3rd, 2nd, and tonic of the major scale). We will learn new songs with mi-re-do, discover mi-re-do in a bunch of our previously learned repertoire, sing and play with it, and create our own melodies using sol-mi-re-do.
La- later in the year, we will add the note La to our melodic vocabulary (6th of the major scale), creating a full pentatonic scale to work with in our folk repertoire.
What can parents do to help?
-Listen to a wide variety of music with your child and talk to them about it.
-Ask your child about the music they are learning in music class. Have them teach it to you!
-Listen to your child perform his/her compositions when they are sent home. Sign them and send back to school with your child.
-Enjoy musical experiences with your child! Music is all around us and there are many opportunities to explore and learn. Sing, go to concerts, watch performers on TV, sing along to the radio in the car, teach them an instrument you know, teach them songs you knew as a kid, watch music videos on YouTube...the possibilities are endless!
2nd grade Assignments