Fourth graders come to music twice a week for 30 minutes each class. In fourth grade music, we will continue to develop an expanded melodic and rhythmic vocabulary, including more complex rhythms and extended pentatonic and diatonic melodies. Fourth graders will also begin to study the recorder. The study of the recorder is an excellent first step on the road to learning another wind instrument later on in middle and high school and will allow us to apply our music literacy skills to yet another instrument.
Fourth Grade Musical Concepts
Syncopation- in fourth grade, our rhythmic knowledge will expand to include syncopation, or off-beat rhythmic values. The study of these patterns opens up an whole new world of repertoire. Students will experience these elements through playing, singing, and reading/writing.
Eighth/Sixteenth note combinations- we will add to our rhythmic vocabulary with eighth and sixteenth note combination rhythms. Students will read, write, play, and sing with these rhythms on a wide variety of instruments and with a wide variety of repertoire.
La, and Sol,- we will continue our melodic study by adding sol and la below do, creating an extended pentatonic scale.
Absolute pitch- in addition to learning about melodic intervals, as we have previously with solfege (Do-Re-Mi-etc.), students will now learn about absolute pitch, or the names of the notes on the staff in standard musical notation. The study of the recorder and Orff instruments offers great opportunities to practice reading standard notation and absolute note names in preparation for continued musical study in fifth grade and middle school.
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.
-Ask your student to practice his/her recorder and encourage frequent, regular practice.
-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!
Fourth Grade Assignments