Grade 2

​​​​​​​​Second Graders come to music once a week for 50 minutes. Every class begins with a mystery pitch. Students will use ear training and solo singing to identify the mystery pitch. This mystery always relates to the particular song we are learning. Grade 2 has a focus on solo singing, playing xylophones, and world music. We also master rhythm and beat. Students learn the difference between a beat and rhythm. They also begin to learn how to read musical notation in preparation for Grade3 Recorder Unit.



Demonstrates a steady beat and is able to perform in small groups
Demonstrates accurate imitation with speech, body, and/or classroom instruments
Discriminates between beat and rhythm
Reads and writes simple notation of quarter notes, rests, paired eighth notes, half notes, whole notes and rests
Identifies metric accents
Performs complimentary rhythm parts on percussion instruments
Creates and arranges rhythmic patterns


Consistently accesses pitch in head voice
Sings independently in tune and in rhythm
Demonstrates knowledge of melodic direction
Sings,reads and writes patterns of Sol-Mi, Sol-La-Sol, and Sol-Mi-Do.
Identifies simple pentatonic patterns of 2-3 notes
Sings simple ostinati
Demonstrates knowledge of melodic contour to include up/down, steps, skips, repeated tones


Demonstrates use of simple, broken, and level bordun on pitched instruments


Demonstrates appropriate listening response to visual and musical cues
Demonstrates knowledge of call and response
Identifies AB form and ABA form
Reads verse/refrain notation
Begins to demonstrate right/left directionality, clockwise and counter-clockwise directionality movements within simple dance and song forms
Identifies and uses repeat signs, barlines, double barlines, and first and second endings
Improvises rhythmic and melodic ostinati and questions/answer phrases


Recognizes solo and/or families of instruments
Demonstrates proper handling technique and mallet grip with pitched and unpitched percussion
Identifies voice timbre as child, man or woman
Experiments with a variety of sound sources and instruments
Creates and arranges soundscapes to accompany literature, poetry and dramatizations


Sings and speaks expressively
Identifies loud and soft as piano and forte
Identifies slow, fast and tempo variations
Demonstrates response to change: tempos, dynamics, pitch, like/unlike, meter, articulation
Uses age appropriate descriptors to describe and evaluate musical performances and compositions
Responds to cues of a conductor


Perform activities that integrate with the ECSD Curriculum Webs

World Music Unit to support Grade2 Continent Studies.  
Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior and performance etiquette