Welcome to the Music Program - Due to the closing of schools, please go to the bottom of this page and click "On-line learning for music classes" for weekly assignments for Grades K-8.


“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”  - Plato
                                       Mrs. Lorraine Gagnon

 The most efficient use of instructional time depends on creating a classroom environment that is quiet and conducive to learning, no matter what subject is being taught.
 To begin creating this quiet atmosphere, I pursue the following guidelines

  •  Know your student
  •  Rehearse routine
  •  Be consistent in enforcing rules
  •  Inspire respect
A balanced classroom music program goes beyond the words of the songs and includes opportunities for children to explore movement, rhythm, tone and pitch as well as valuable listening experiences. Music and movement play a role in cognitive development, symbolization, language development and imaginative thinking. Songs allow children to perceive and understand new possibilities for thinking, feeling and imagining.

Here is what we will be working on in music classes this year:

    Pre-K 3

     The student will:     
  • Move their bodies with increasing skill to express emotions and rhythm
  • Create new songs and dances or add their own words to songs with support from the teacher
  • Dance to music in a group with support from teacher
  • March with musical instruments with support room teacher
  • Imitate simple songs and finger-play movements


    The student will:    

  • Express preferences for some different types of music
  • Explore musical instruments and use them to produce rhythms and tones
  • Move their bodies with increasing skill to express emotions and rhythm
  • Dance to music in a group
  • March with musical instruments
  • Imitate simple songs and keep in time with the music
  • Identify body parts in accordance to simple songs
  • Listen and sing songs loudly and softly  


     The student will:    
  •  Keep a steady beat
  •  Hear, sing and identify high/low sounds
  •  Identify rhythm instruments by sight and sound
  •  Understand the word tempo
  •  Identify fast/slow in a listening selection
  •  Begin to differentiate between the terms soft/low and loud/high
  •  Add rhythm instruments to a song

 First Grade
     The student will:     

  • Recognize beat/no beat
  • Keep a steady beat
  • Begin to recognize a quarter note as one beat
  • Vocally reproduce pitches of the teacher/music
  • Identify and demonstrate talking, singing, whispering, and shouting
  • Identify faster/slower
  • Identify louder and softer in a listening selection
  • Discriminate between one sound/many sounds in a listening selection
  • Distinguish between different instruments and the sounds they make

     Second Grade

     The student will:    
  • Hear and identify strong beat, steady beat, and melodic rhythm
  • Hear and sing songs in major/minor tonality
  • Recognize classroom instruments
  • Understand the instrument families
  • Define and use the word tempo
  • Identify louder/ softer through singing and in listening selections
  • Perform pieces vocally and on classroom instruments
  • Recognize the introduction and coda of a song
  • Perform simple rounds

    Third Grade
     The student will:   
  • List the letters in the musical alphabet
  • Identify quarter, half, whole, and eighth notes and rests and their relative values
  • Learn rhythm symbols: ties, bar lines, repeat signs and fermata
  • Identify treble and bass clef lines and spaces
  • Match notes with letter names on the treble and bass clefs
  • Learn notes on the recorder and be able to play basic melodies
  • Begin to recognize and understand sharps, flats and naturals
  • Identify D.C. al fine, first ending, second ending, repeat and fine

     Fourth Grade

     The student will:    
  •  Read and explain the symbols of meter (time) signature
  •  Identify the duration of  notes and rests: whole, half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth
  •  Accurately perform/play on the recorder a variety of rhythm patterns
  •  Recognize notes and rests in a piece of music
  •  Begin to listen and recognize syncopation
  •  Read and perform patterns using triplets, ties, and slurs on the recorder
  •  Practice playing melodies on the recorder
  •  Review accidentals: sharp, flat, natural
  •  Review the meaning tempo
  •  Follow the markings in a piece of recorder music
  •  Demonstrate proper technique on the recorder

     Fifth Grade

     The student will:        

  • Perform patterns on the recorder in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8
  • Continue to read and perform patterns on the recorder using triplets, ties, and slurs
  • Recognize and understand accidentals and their symbols: natural, flat and sharp
  • Begin to understand key signatures by playing music on the recorder
  • Recognize and define a cappella
  • Define duet, trio, quartet and chorus
  • Define common tempo: andante, moderato, allegro, presto
  • Listen to a recording or attend a performance of a local or area musical ensemble
     Sixth Grade

     The student will:
  •  Name and categorize the five families of instruments
  •  Listen to and compare each instrument one at a time in all the families
  •  Describe how sound is produced by each instrument
  •  Distinguish the instruments of the orchestra and where they are placed and why
  •  Play different classroom percussion instruments and examine their differences and  similarities
  •  Group voices as soprano, alto, tenor and bass
  •  Identify and describe the composite forms: opera, operetta, musical theater, concerto and oratorio

   Seventh Grade

     The student will:      

  • Identify, listen to and discuss various styles of music, e.g., folk songs from various cultures, bluegrass, ragtime, spiritual,
  • American Jazz, barbershop, disco, rock, heavy metal, etc.
  • Discuss and listen to music from American musical theatre
  • Study musical selections in their historical setting
  • Listen to, discuss and identify music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • Examine a popular musical from beginning to end including its effect on society and sing some of  the pieces that have become famous
  • Review the musical alphabet and the value of notes and rests
  • Review the identification of notes in a piece
  • Recognize all meter signatures
  • Identify the treble and bass in a piece

     Eighth Grade

     The student will:      

  • Learn about the different periods of music and how each period has its own personality
  • Identify musical compositions historically such as baroque, classical, romantic, modern, contemporary, new age, etc.
  • Discuss and research composers from different historical time periods
  • Listen to examples of/recognize a sonata
  • Listen to examples of/recognize a concerto
  • Define and use the term symphony
  • Listen to examples of symphonies
  • Listen to, identify and discuss compositions from various historical time periods
  • List the characteristics of each period of classical music





" I try to tie in my lesson plans to the National Standards for Music" 


      Content Standard 1: Singing
                                       alone and with others

     Content Standard 2: Performing on instruments
                                      alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

     Content Standard 3: Improvising
                                      melodies, variations and accompaniments

     Content Standard 4: Composing and arranging
                                      music within specified guidelines

     Content Standard 5: Reading and notating music
     Content Standard 6: Listening to music
                                      analyzing and describing music

     Content Standard 7: Evaluating
                                      music and music performances

     Content Standard 8: Understanding relationships
                                      between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts

     Content Standard 9: History and Culture
                                      understanding music in relation to history and culture



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