Fifth graders come to music twice a week for 30 minutes each class (or in some limited cases, once a week for an hour). In fifth grade music, we will continue to develop an expanded melodic and rhythmic vocabulary, including more complex rhythms and extended diatonic melodies. Fifth graders will continue study of the recorder as well. Students will continue to develop proper singing and instrumental technique in preparation for middle school music experiences.
Fifth Grade Musical Concepts
Compound Quarter/Eighth notes- we will expand our knowledge of compound rhythms by adding the quarter/eight combo (du-de) to the previously learned triplet and dotted quarter note.
Dotted quarter note/eighth note combinations- we will continue to explore new rhythms with different combinations of dotted quarter notes and eighth notes in simple time. Students will experience these elements through playing, singing, and reading/writing.
Fa- students will begin to read with the diatonic major scale in addition to pentatonic melodies. The addition of fa, or the fourth scale degree, opens up the door to a huge amount of repertoire and musical experiences. We will sing, play, read, and write with diatonic melodies.
Ti- students will continue to read diatonic melodies and will add Ti, the seventh scale degree in the major scale. This will complete our study of the major scale and allow us to sing and read any diatonic major melody. Students will have a variety of experiences in singing, playing, reading, and writing with this concept.
Absolute pitch- in addition to learning about melodic intervals, as we have previously with solfege (Do-Re-Mi-etc.), students will continue to 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 middle school.
Fifth graders will use all of the previously learned musical elements and apply them in extended musical experiences in class.
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!
Fifth Grade Assignments