• Third graders come to music twice a week for 30 minutes each class.  We will build upon our expanded melodic and rhythmic vocabulary that we developed in the first three years of music class, delving into more complex pieces of music and more original composition.  Students will continue to develop a large musical repertoire and will gain skills in singing and playing instruments.
    Third Grade Musical Concepts
    Triplets and Dotted Quarter notes- in third grade, we will further expand our rhythmic study to include compound meter in addition to simple meter.  Students will learn about triplets, which are three sounds to a beat, and how they work within a compound context.  Students will sing, play, and compose with these new rhythms.
    High Do- in third grade, we will expand our pentatonic melodic vocabulary to include high Do', the upper octave of the previously learned Do.  This will allow us to work with increasingly complex music and to further expand our playing and compositional skills. 
    Sixteenth notes- students will add another rhythm to previously learned simple rhythms, the sixteenth note, which is a further subdivision of eighth notes.  Students will explore sixteenth notes in a variety of songs and rhymes and will sing, play, and compose with sixteenth notes.
    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! 

    Third Grade Assignments
    January 2020: SMRD Composition   SMRD Audio