more about music class

Curriculum

Stay invovled!

The arts are so important in this time of the unknown! Music (and the other arts too!) can help children to process and better understand their emotions. Music is great opportunity to sing, listen, and explore a world bigger than their own.  Give your kids the gift of music in their lives! 

 

What Are We Learning?

Music Curriculum

Every week we explore and experience music in so many fun an exciting ways! 

~We CREATE by moving, composing and improvising. 

~We PERFORM by singing and playing instruments. 

~We RESPOND by moving, discussing, analyzing, and evaluating. 

~We CONNECT to our own lives, environment, cultures, and history. 

Check out the Maryland Music Standards for more information! 

Arts Integration

Arts integration are lessons that combine common core standards with music standards. Classroom teachers and encore teachers work collaboratively to provide students with meaningful learning experiences, incorporating a blend of both content. Lessons are exciting and engaging, providing more opportunities for reaching all students as content is presented in a new and different way. 

All students will receive arts integration instruction in addition to their ‘regular’ music class instruction. 

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Grading

 Your child will receive grades for each of the music process standards (create, perform, respond, connect) as well as learner behaviors. Please check your child’s grade-book for specific skill-based grades which are then compiled on the report card in marking period 2 and 4. See Fountaindale’s Performance Level Descriptors for an explanation of each of the numbers (1-beginning, 2-developing, 3-secure, 4-exceeding). 

Schedule

Your child will have general music instruction once a week for 30 minutes online + 20 minutes of independent work.  (50 minute classes when we return to in-person instruction). 

All students will also receive arts integrated instruction on rotation throughout the school year. 

  

What We Do:

-Students experience music through singing, listening, moving, and playing! We use a variety of ways of learning content to reach all learners!

-Ask your child to sing our hello song, teach you one of our musical warm ups, or sing a favorite song from class!

-3rd and 4th graders will learn the recorder and 5th grade will have the opportunity to learn ukulele!

Extra Opportunities

-Students in 4th and 5th grade have the option of participating in Pizazz- a select group of singers and dancers. 

-We also have a tremendous instrumental music program taught by Ms. Jones for students in grades 3rd-5th. 3rd graders explore instruments from each of the four families and then in 4th and 5th grade they choose one to learn to play!