What children will study this year:
Elements of music: Music is demonstrated during movement, speaking/singing, listening, playing instruments, and creating activities. Simple rhythms using short and long sounds are also explored and practiced. Students build a music vocabulary as they acquire understanding of music elements. As students acquire understanding of music elements they begin to recognize and are able to describe various sounds of instruments, music from different cultures of the world, and various styles of music.
- Songs: Acquiring songs to sing by memory is emphasized.
- Pitch: Singing is a learned skill that everyone can achieve. It is important to develop the skill of pitch matching. When playing instruments, the understanding of high sounds and low sounds is emphasized.
- Steady beat: Moving to a steady beat is emphasized. A steady beat is defined as playing percussion instruments with a steady beat.
Anoka-Hennepin Program Understandings articulate what students should understand and be able to do when they leave the K-12 program in Anoka-Hennepin. The grade level understandings demonstrate what students should understand and be able to do when they leave each grade level. The grade level understandings increase in complexity as students progress through the K-12 program.
- Online Activities
KINDERGARTEN MUSIC UNITS
What families can do at home to help:
- Encourage family members to share music by singing, dancing, playing instruments, or listening to favorite recordings.
- Sing familiar childhood songs together. Have your child use a clear pleasant tone when speaking and singing to avoid harming the voice.
- Have your child experiment with everyday objects such as pots, boxes, jars, bottles, and other things around the house to find high and low pitches. Allow your child to be creative while using everyday objects to create music.
The overarching goal of this unit is to prepare students for later rhythmic skills. Be mindful of creating learning experiences that have embedded aspects of upcoming understandings.
The overarching goal of this unit is to prepare students for later vocal skills. Be mindful of creating learning experiences that have embedded aspects of upcoming understandings.
The overarching goal of this unit is that students will understand that there are foundational elements that lead to music literacy, that music is a form of communication, and there are meaningful connections between music and other aspects of life.