• General Music  
     
    Council Rock follows the National Music Standards

     

    The Curriculum - Our general and choral curriculums are 'spiraling curriculums' meaning that each objective addressed is continually revisited and built upon.  Nearly every lesson in music class includes opportunities to sing, move, read music, improvise and play a wide variety of musical instruments.

    Materials – In Kindergarten through sixth grade, we use various music series which are constantly updated to bring your child the most current materials. Many other teacher-created activities including smartboard lessons supplement the series.  Listening lessons comprised of many composers and time periods are offered.

    Classroom instruments a large set of Orff (barred percussion) instruments, an array of percussion instruments representing many countries, boomwhackers, and bells. We also make musical use of parachutes, scarves, beanbags, streamers, etc.

    In addition, we employ:

    World Music Drumming in grades four through six;

    Recorders in third & fourth grade;

    Ukuleles in fifth & sixth grade; and

    Handchimes in fifth & sixth grade (HES)   

     

    Basic Curriculum

     

    Kindergarten

    Singing: unison, emphasis on pitch matching

    The opposites - loud/soft, slow/fast, high/low, steady beat/unsteady beat, long/short

    Four voice functions

    Iconic (picture) representation of music notation

    Same and different melodies & rhythms

     

    Grade 1

    Singing: unison, emphasis on pitch matching

    The opposites - loud/soft, slow/fast, high/low, steady beat/no steady beat, long/short

    Rhythm reading: quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes

    Pitch reading: mi, sol, la

    Form:  AB, ABA

    Culture:  American/European Music, Hispanic & African Music

    Instrument family:  pitched and unpitched percussion instruments

     

    Grade 2

    Singing: unison, emphasis on pitch matching & reading from score

    Rhythm reading: quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, half notes, dotted half notes, time signature

    Pitch reading: do, re, mi, sol, la & absolute pitch names

    Form:  AB, ABA, ABC, rondo

    Culture:  American/European Music, Hispanic, African & Asian Music

    Instrument family:  Brass

     

    Grade 3

    Singing: unison, rounds

    Introduction to recorders

    Dynamics, articulation, tempo

    Rhythm reading: quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, half notes, dotted half notes, time signature

    Pitch reading: do, re, mi, sol, la, do' & absolute pitch names

    Form:  AB, ABA, ABC, rondo, verse-refrain

    Culture:  American/European Music, Hispanic, African & Asian Music

    Instrument family:  Strings    

     

    Grade 4

    Singing: unison, rounds, partner songs 

    Recorders

    Dynamics, articulation, tempo

    Rhythm reading: sixteenth notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, time signature

    Pitch reading: do, re, mi, sol, la, do' & absolute pitch names

    Form:  AB, ABA, ABC, rondo, verse-refrain, call & response

    Culture:  American/European Music, Hispanic, African & Asian Music

    Instrument family:  Woodwinds

    Introduction to World Drumming

     

    Grade 5

    Singing: unison, rounds, partner songs, simple two-part

    5th grade chorus 

    World Music Drumming

    Ukuleles

    Handchimes

    Dynamics, articulation, tempo

    Rhythm reading : syncopation, sixteenth notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, time signature

    Pitch reading: so, , la, , do, re, mi, sol, la, do' & absolute pitch names

    Form:  AB, ABA, ABC, rondo, verse-refrain, call & response

    Culture:  American/European Music, Hispanic, African & Asian Music

    Instrument family:  Percussion

     

    Grade 6

    Singing: unison, rounds, partner songs, simple two-part

    6th grade chorus 

    World Music Drumming

    Ukuleles

    Handchimes

    Dynamics, articulation, tempo

    Rhythm reading: syncopation, sixteenth notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, time signature

    Pitch reading: so, , la, , do, re, mi, sol, la, do' & absolute pitch names

    Form:  AB, ABA, ABC, rondo, verse-refrain, call & response, theme & variations

    Culture:  American/European Music, Hispanic, African & Asian Music, American Musical Theater, 20th century American pop music

    Instrument family:  Keyboards