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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. 

   In November the fifth grade classes will present a show.
 
During the  2nd nine weeks of school, lessons will aid in the development of the following skills:

 

 

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.