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We are learning so much in music...  

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Music is an important part in developing the whole child. Learning and experiencing music helps us in so many ways. Music is fun and can help us relax or express ourselves. Many studies show that learning to read music and play an instrument activates all major areas in the brain. Children who study music often perform better on standardized tests. Performing music helps us understand how to work together as a community. 

My musical goal for students is that they would be able to perform simple melodies and rhythms with expression and have a love for a variety of music by the time they leave me at the end of 4th grade. I build my lessons on the North Carolina Essential Standards for Music Education

Kindergarten is learning about music basics. We begin with steady beat and learn that music can also speed up and slow down. We also learn about other changes in music such as loud and soft. We learn about the ways we use our voice and about rhythm and how it connects to syllables. Throughout the school year we will learn how to match pitch with our voices, learn about instruments and the correct way to play them and how people use music in cultural celebrations. 
First graders build on what they learned in music last year in kindergarten.  Basic concepts of music are still emphasized, but we build upon the foundation from music in kindergarten. Steady beat and rhythm are part of the learning for the first part of the school year. We move on to learning more about pitches. We continue to learn about our voice and instruments and how to use them correctly as well as many cultural and community ties in music. We have opportunities to listen to and perform music from various cultures. 
Second graders continue strengthening their music skills. We begin second grade music with rhythms and beats. We work on creating our own rhythms and become more independent with this skill throughout the school year. We also work more with changes in how loud and soft music can be and how fast and slow the music is. We learn more technical musical vocabulary and explore how the science of sound and music are connected.  We experience a variety of music from many cultures. 
Third grade builds musical skills that were learned in previous grades. We get better at reading and creating rhythms. We also become more skilled at singing on pitch and learn more about playing instruments correctly. We explore adding harmonies with voice and instruments and we transfer reading pitches from written music to playin mini-keyboards. We have the opportunity to experience music that represents United States and many other cultures as well. 
Fourth grade students strengthen and hone their music skills. We become more adept at reading music from written notation. We learn how to read rhythm and pitches at the same time and use what we learn to play the soprano recorder. We work toward more musical expression in performances. We become better at adding harmony to our performances. We have many opportunities to experience music that exemplifies our North Carolina heritage as well as cultures from around the world.