Through music, we can share a universal understanding of our many cultures and surroundings. Children will learn the basics of music through performance, movement, composition, and musical activities. These concepts will not only be guided by teacher instruction, but also come from a student’s own inquiry.
At Challenge, it is our goal to integrate various units with the core curriculum. Because of this integration, the students can learn from a variety of activities in their core classroom as well as the music classroom.
Kindergarten has Music for four consecutive days in the Encore rotation throughout the year. Students will develop musical routines as well as learn new concepts. In Kindergarten, students will explore concepts of singing together as well as singing individually. The students will develop their own ideas about what sounds are appropriate for singing, performing, and those that are not. Students will be introduced to rhythm and melody with musical games, song, and movement. Students will demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of performances throughout the school year.
First and Second graders have Music for four consecutive days in the Encore rotation during each of the three trimesters. During this period, the students will build on concepts learned in Kindergarten. Students will continue to develop both their listening and performance skills. Students will work with scales and start to create their own melodies using the penta- tonic scale. Students will also explore music concepts, composers, and share their learning with classmates. Students will also perform a musical to show some of the skills they have learned throughout the year. Students will also be using these concepts to play recorder!
Third and Fourth graders will have music for five consecutive days in the Encore rotation during each of the three trimesters. Students will build upon skills developed last year, as well as delve further into the history of music. Students will be using the integrated library area to explore music notion on their own as well as compose with peers. Students will assess their own growth in music here at Challenge. As an integration unit, students will also learn and perform a musical production that will relate to a unit they explore in their core Team C classrooms. Students will also be using these concepts to play recorder!