General Music

Course Description

All students in 4-year-old Kindergarten through 5th Grade participate in a thirty-minute general music class twice a week. This course is designed to offer numerous opportunities for active participation and success. Students are regularly engaged in singing, playing instruments, moving to music, learning to read and notate music, creating music, and listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music and music performances.  Students learn the basic principles of music such as Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Timbre/Tone Color, Musical Expression, Form, Vocal Skills, Instrumental Skills, Creating Music, Historical and Cultural Context, and Critical and Aesthetic Response.

Rationale

Music is an art form through which feeling is expressed. Music adds quality to life as it promotes mental development and provides an outlet for emotional expression. It has motivating characteristics that inspire all people to appreciate some form or genre of music. Considering the intrinsic value of music, the primary purpose of music education is to contribute to the quality of life for all students by developing their capabilities to participate fully in a musical culture.

Music provides a powerful means of engaging students in learning and improving their achievement. Fundamental in a student's overall social, emotional, and cognitive development, music enhances reasoning, inspires creativity, and encourages critical thinking, self-discipline, problem-solving, decision-making, cooperation, and imagination. Music enables students to learn about themselves, other people, and humanity in general.

Elementary general music enhances each child's education while simultaneously establishing an understanding and appreciation of this art form. The purpose of the program is to develop awareness that music is a vital part of each student's daily life. A comprehensive, well-planned, and logical sequence of developmentally appropriate experiences lead to clearly defined skills and knowledge to allow for exploration, cultural enrichment, and personal satisfaction.

Recorder care, use, and responsibilities (4, 5)

The recorder is an introductory instrument that is used to teach students how to play musical notes to perform music. The recorders are also used to teach the students how to read and play music. Recorders will be used throughout fourth and fifth grade General Music classes. Every fourth and fifth grade student receives a recorder from school.  They will be stored in the Music classroom during the school year. This is to make sure that the student has their recorder for class and it is not left at home.  Care and cleaning of the recorder is as simple as either putting it through the dishwasher (without the dry cycle, as the recorder may melt) or spritzing it with Listerine and washing it and drying it thoroughly. If the recorder is not thoroughly dried, mold may form inside.