General Music Activities 


    Students sing the song “The Wheels on the Bus” while performing the accompanying movements to the words: round and round, up and down, beep, beep, beep, swish, swish, swish, move on back, waa, waa, waa, sh, sh, sh. They may also accompany the song using hand clapping or found instruments such as pots, pans, cans, or spoons to play along with the song, clapping or playing in sync with the movement words. 

    Students sing the patriotic songs, “It’s Red, White, and Blue” and/or “You’re a Grand Old Flag” while marching around and keeping a steady beat. They may hold a flag, clap their hands while marching, or use instruments to accompany the song.


    First Grade: 

    Students sing the song “The Ants Go Marching” performing movements in sync with the words and marching around to the steady beat. As they march, they may also hold up their fingers to indicate the numbered ant before they perform the corresponding movements.  Found instruments or children’s percussion instruments may be used to play a steady beat while marching around. 

    Students practice drawing the musical notes they have learned. On a piece of paper they may draw quarter notes which represent one sound (tah notes) and eighth notes which represent two sounds (ti-ti notes). They may arrange the two different notes in various combinations to create their own rhythm patterns. When completed they may clap the patterns and/or use instruments to play them.

    Second Grade:

    Students sing the song “Green Eggs and Ham” we learned based on the Dr. Seuss book and the musical. They may familiarize themselves with the lyrics by first reading the book and then singing the song. They may snap their fingers or clap their hands while singing or create some other movements to accompany the song.


    Students practice drawing and reading the musical notes they have learned. Using a plain sheet of paper they will draw five lines for the staff.  On the staff they will draw a treble clef and then the following notes and rest they have learned: quarter note, eighth notes, half notes and quarter rest.  They can create several rhythm patterns by using any combination of the above notes and rest. When completed they may practice reading and playing the rhythms by first clapping the rhythms and then playing them using any found or percussion instrument.


    Third Grade: 

    Students should practice playing their recorders. They warm up by first playing all the notes they have learned in class. In their Recorder Express books they should practice playing the songs they have recently learned in class. They may also practice some songs from the beginning of the book.

    Students will draw the notes they have learned on their recorders.  They will first draw a staff consisting of five lines on a plain piece of paper with a treble clef placed on the left side of the staff. They will correctly place all the notes they have learned on the staff, using any combination of quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes, whole notes, or dotted half notes. They will identify the letter name of each note and place it under the staff. When completed, they may try to play the notes they have drawn.

    Fourth Grade:

     Students will compare and contrast two songs. They will listen to each song separately and then write down the similarities and differences on a piece of paper.  They will make a list of all the instruments they hear, as well as the style, tempo (the speed of the beat), and dynamic changes (loud and soft) of each song. After comparing and contrasting the songs, they will determine which song is their favorite and sing along with the recording.

     Students will recall the instruments we have studied about in class. On a piece of paper they will try to list as many instruments as possible from each family of instruments: brass, string, woodwind, and percussion. They will choose one instrument that they would be interested in playing and write two paragraphs listing the reasons for their choice.


    Fifth Grade: 

    Students will practice drawing the musical notation and symbols they have learned. They will create four measures of music, using a combination of all the notes and rests they have learned. Each measure will have a total of four beats. They will draw a five line staff with a treble clef and choose from the following notes and/or rests: quarter, half, whole, eighth notes, sixteenth notes and quarter and half rests. They will also draw a repeat sign, a piano or forte marking, and a D.S. al Coda on their papers. 

    Students will make their own homemade musical instrument. They may use plastic bottles, empty cans, cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, paper, rice, beans, and/or rubber bands for strings. It could be a type of drum, maracas or any scraper/shaker instrument, or a string instrument. They can cover it with construction paper or color it with markers or crayons. When completed, they may play some rhythm patterns on it.



    Heights:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning

    Dogwood: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday afternoon 




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