Grade 3


Third Graders come to music one time a week for 50 minutes. The big excitement in third grade is playing the recorder. This has been such a rewarding and fun experience for the students. From September to December, we learn all the basics of reading musical notation. Students learn about the staff and how to read and write notes on the treble clef​. During the first half of the year, students will practice these skills on xylophones. This gives them an opportunity to read music while playing an instrument that has less motoric aspects to it. (A xylophone is much easier to play than the recorder!) Around October, I will send home a recorder order form for students to purchase a recorder. Our recorder unit will begin in December. I use a program called Recorder Karate. Students earn belts (a piece of colored string) as they master their songs.



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 note/rest, eighth notes, half note/rest, whole note/rest, dotted half notes, in 8 beat phrases
Identifies metric accents (duple or triple)
Performs complimentary rhythm parts on percussion instruments
Creates and arranges rhythmic patterns


Consistently accesses pitch in head voice, demonstrating proper vowel formation, breath support, diction and posture
Sings independently in tune with accurate rhythm
Demonstrates knowledge of melodic notation including up/down, steps, skips and repeated tones
Sings simple pentatonic songs based on Do and La
Sings, reads and writes patterns of Sol-Mi, Do-Re-Mi, Sol-La-Sol, and Sol-Mi-Do.
Recognize pitched-based notation in treble clef


Sings in two and three parts. Demonstrates use of simple, broken, level, and cross-over bordun on pitched instruments


Demonstrates appropriate listening response to visual and musical cues
Demonstrate knowledge of call and response
Identifies AB/ABA and rondo form
Reads verse/refrain notation
Demonstrates right/left directionality, clockwise and counter-clockwise movements within simple dance and song forms
Identifies and uses repeat signs, barlines, double barlines, first and second endings, D. C. al Fine, Dal Segno, fermata, coda, and treble clef staff
Improvises 8 beat rhythmic and melodic ostinati and question/answer phrases


Visually and aurally identify individual instruments and their families including world instruments.
Demonstrates proper handling technique and mallet grip with percussion
Experiments with a wide variety of sound sources and instruments
Creates and arranges orchestrations using a wide variety of instruments


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



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