Fifth Grade Music - An Overview
In Fifth Grade Music students review, practice, and extend their knowledge and skills in the basic elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, form, expression, and timbre. Students will read and write rhythmic patterns containing quarter, eighth, half, whole, and sixteenth notes and rests. They experience and identify music in duple and triple meter, and learn how to use the metric counting system (ie "1-and 2-and 3-e-and-a 4"). Students practice reading and writing notation on the music staff, and learn to identify the different clefs. Using recorders and other melodic and non-pitched instruments, students apply these concepts and skills.
In addition to these concepts and skills students study the four instrument families in the orchestra, and learn to identify individual instruments by sight, sound, and characteristics. This unit prepares them to determine what music class they want to take in the sixth grade as well as which instrument they want to play if they join band or orchestra.