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PRE-KINDERGARTEN MUSIC CURRICULUM

 

RHYTHM

Demonstrates beat/non-beat motions
Demonstrates steady beat
Explores personal space and experiments with locomotive movements
          Walk, run, march, skip, gallop, hop, jump, tiptoe, pause
Echo imitation using speech, body, and/or classroom instruments
Performs simple spontaneous improvisation

 

MELODY

Explore vocally using head voice
Work towards matching pitch in head voice
Tries to sing in tune
Demonstrates knowledge of melodic direction
Sings a simple song
Performs simple spontaneous improvisation

 

HARMONY

Identifies and responds to accompaniment

 

FORM

Experiences responding to visual and musical cues
Explores call and response/question-answer songs
Experiences simple forms

 

TONE COLOR

Explores playing techniques for pitched/unpitched instruments
Explores vocal timbre: whisper, shout, talk, sing
Experiments with 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
Uses age appropriate descriptors to describe and evaluate musical performances and compositions
Listens and sings as directed to songtales

 

HISTORY AND CULTURE

Performs activities that integrate with the ECSD Curriculum Webs
Demonstrates appropriate audience behavior and performance etiquette

 

Currently, classroom teachers provide instruction in the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.

Many Pre-Kindergarten students have not had the experience of working cooperatively with other students in large group settings. These are life skills that are transferred to many school activities. Pre-Kindergarten music classes incorporate many activities to introduce the students to the dynamics of working cooperatively within a group setting. The skills would include but not be limited to:

  • Following directions
  • Taking turns
  • Using listening ears and kind hands
  • Respecting personal space of all participants
  • Playing cooperatively in organized games
  • Maintaining place in circle games
  • Following the leader

 

Clipart; Mother reading to children

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