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Kindergarten

 Kindergarteners comes to music one time a week for 50 minutes. Every class begins with a "Hello Song". During this time, we learn each other names and practice singing with good tone and volume. Also during the "Hello Song", I introduce a new instrument. This is a great opportunity to teach 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 turn taking, listening attentively and performing in front of an audience. In Kindergarten, we focus on hearing, feeling and demonstrating a steady beat. We sing many songs and play instruments in every class. We add a ton of movement using our bodies and manipulatives such as scarves, ribbon wands, bean bags and even puppets. 
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KINDERGARTEN MUSIC CURRICULUM

RHYTHM

Demonstrates a steady beat
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

MELODY

Matches pitch in head voice
Sings in tune
Demonstrates knowledge of melodic direction
Sings a simple song
Performs simple spontaneous improvisation

HARMONY

Identifies and responds to accompaniment

FORM

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

TONE COLOR

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

EXPRESSIVE QUALITIES

 Sings and speaks expressively

 Identifies loud and soft

 Identifies slow and fast

 Demonstrates response to change: tempos, dynamics, pitch, like/unlike, meter, articulation

 Uses age appropriate descriptors to describe and evaluate musical performances and compositions

 Listens and sings as directed to songtales

HISTORY AND CULTURE

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