Grade 1

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to Grade One Music Page! 

First Graders come to music one time a week for 50 minutes. We begin every class with a "Hello Song". This is the same song we learned in Kindergarten. Students learn each other name, singing with proper tone and volume and demonstrating a new musical concept. For example, if we are learning about tempo (speed of the music), students will demonstrate their understanding of various tempi while singing the "Hello Song". We also introduce various instruments during the "Hello Song". This is a great opportunity to teach the students the name and proper way to hold and play that instrument. It is also a structured way to explore playing the instruments one child at a time. It is also a wonderful opportunity to practice taking turns, listening attentively and performing in front of an audience.  First Graders will focus on singing, patterns of music, volume, rhythm and composing music.​





Demonstrates a steady beat and is able to perform in small groups
Demonstrates various gross motor skills and defines personal space:
Walk, run, march, skip, gallop, hop, jump, tiptoe, pause
Demonstrates accurate imitation with speech, body, and/or classroom instruments
Performs simple spontaneous improvisation

Demonstrates use of rhythmic ostinati
Discriminates between beat and rhythm
Reads and writes simple stick notation of quarter notes, rest and paired eighth notes


Matches pitch in head voice
Sings in tune, treble clef line e to line f
Demonstrates knowledge of melodic direction
Sings a simple song
Performs simple spontaneous improvisation
Sings, reads, and writes patterns of S-M, M-R-D
Identifies simple pentatonic patterns of 2-3 notes


Identifies and responds to accompaniment
Demonstrates use of simple and broken bordun on pitched instruments



Demonstrates appropriate listening responses to visual and musical cues
Demonstrates knowledge of call and response, question/answer
Identifies simple forms such as "march", "lullaby"
Identifies parts of a song, including introduction
Identifies AB and ABA form (verse/refrain)
Improvises answers in question/answer format


Identifies vocal timbre: whisper, shout, talk, sing
Identifies voice as a child, man or woman
Experiments with a variety of sound sources and instruments
Demonstrates proper handling technique and mallet grip with pitched and unpitched percussion
Creates and arranges soundscapes to accompany literature, poetry or dramatizations
Identifies and names pitched and unpitched percussion instruments


Perform activities that integrate with the ECSD Curriculum Webs
Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior and performance etiquette






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