• MUSIC GRADE 2
    What children will study this year:

    • Pitch - Student begin to discover relationships between specific pitches using the pentatonic scale (do re mi so la do') Students continue to refine the skill of in-tune singing while beginning to read simple melodies on a music staff using pitch syllables. Performance testing for singing in a group with accurate pitch and rhythm is accomplished. On instruments, emphasis is on the relationship between pitches such as stepping up or down, skipping pitches and big leaps between pitches. Performance testing for playing simple melodies on classroom instruments is accomplished.
    • Rhythm - Beat patterns in sets of two and three are emphasized. Students continue to read, sing, play instruments, and improvise simple rhythms adding tied quarter notes, half notes, half rests, and dotted half notes.
    • Elements of Music - Students continue to analyze how compositions are put together and demonstrate knowledge of expressive qualities in music such as tempo and dynamics.
    • History and Culture - Students learn to recognize and describe various sounds of instruments, music from many cultures and various styles of music, both vocal and instrumental.


    Program and Grade Level Understandings

    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.
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    GRADE 2 MUSIC UNITS
    What families can do at home to help:
    • Sing familiar and traditional childhood songs as part of daily life
    • Have family members share music by singing, dancing, playing instruments, or listening to favorite recordings
    • Have your child keep a song notebook. He/she can list songs that he/she knows and write a note about what he/she thinks of the song.
    • Use a recording device (i.e. tape recorder, computer, etc.) to record your child's singing and listen to it to hear how he/she could improve.
    • Have your child share songs learned in the music classroom.
    • Play a keyboard instrument and have your child determine if the sounds are stepping up or down, repeating, or leaping up or down.
    • Have your child draw a five line music staff and then draw pitches. Have them explain how it works.
    • Have your child create a melody that can be sung using a poem as the words of the song.

    Unit 1 Pitch–La-Sol-Mi
    This is a unit in which students will learn a new pitch labeled La. Through singing, reading, notating, creating, improvising, playing, moving, and listening, students will become familiar with the pitch La. This will be accomplished using the instructional format prepare, present, practice, and assess. Students will also develop their ability to respond to music in a variety of ways. 
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.

    Unit 2 Rhythm–Ties, Half Note, Half Rest
    In this unit, students will continue to sing and play using known rhythms and adding half notes (tied quarter notes) (du-u) and half rest (two beats
    of silence). Students will begin to develop an understanding that music is present in every culture, is a reflection of culture, and promotes an appreciation of other cultures, through the use of singing, playing, creating, moving, listening, improvising, and conversing. Students will develop their ability to respond to music in a variety of ways. Students will create and perform an original 16-beat composition, using quarter notes, quarter rests, two eighth notes, half notes, and half rests.
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary. 

    Unit 3 Pitch–Mi-Re-Do
    This is a unit in which students will learn new pitches labeled Mi-Re-Do . Through singing, reading, notating, creating, improvising, playing, moving, and listening, students will become familiar with the pitches Mi-Re-Do. This will be accomplished using the instructional format prepare, present, practice,
    and assess. Students will continue to develop their ability to respond to music in a variety of ways.
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary. 

    Unit 4 Rhythm–Dotted Half Note/Critical Response to Music
    This is a unit in which students will continue to sing and play using known rhythms, adding the dotted half note (du-u-u). Students will develop an understanding that music is present in every culture, is a reflection of culture, and promotes an appreciation of other cultures, through the use of singing, playing, creating, moving, listening, improvising, and conversing. Students will develop their ability to respond to music in a variety of ways, written, verbal, kinesthetic, and using Critical Response Protocol.
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary. 

    Unit 5 Pitch–Sol-Mi-Re-Do/La-Sol-Mi-Re-Do
    This is a unit in which students will utilize La-Sol-Mi-Re-Do. Through singing, reading, notating, creating, improvising, playing, moving, and listening, students will become more proficient with the above pitches. This will be accomplished using the instructional format prepare, present, practice, and assess. Students will continue to develop their ability to respond to music in a variety of ways, while identifying the musical elements covered in the previous units. 
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.