What will we be learning this year?
In the 4th grade, we continue to build on the skills we learned last year as 3rd graders. We spend our first semester learning songs for our Native American Program in November. These songs include "Land of the Silver Birch", "Dip dip and Swing", "Ucha Tirvarch", "Sneak Up Song", "Rain Dance" and many more. We dissect each song to learn the meaning behind our text and the stories each song tells about the tribes that sang these songs. We are introduced to part-singing through a few partner songs this year. We try to honor these historical cultures by wearing traditional Native American dress when we perform.
Though we perform with all kinds of percussion instruments, our 4th grade year is the time we are introduced to the recorder! We receive our recorders in January, all thanks to the Hinkle Creek PTO! They purchase fantastic recorders for each 4th grader so that we can further our music education on a new instrument. The recorder gives us a great introduction to how wind instruments are played, teach us breath control, fingerings, intonation, articulation, rhythm, pitch accuracy, proper posture, and so much more.
As we continue to connect to our curriculum, we also learn a beautiful song from the Underground Railroad called "Follow the Drinking Gourd". We learn the history behind how African slaves escaped to freedom through songs with hidden messages. Another special day for our 4th graders is Pioneer Day. We spend the entire day going to school like children did in the Pioneer days. At the end of the day, we finish with dancing in the gym. We learn The Virginia Reel, Big Circle Dance, Cotton Eye Joe, and even partake in some play party games like Chicken on a Fencepost and Tideo.
Over the year we will focus on hitting all of our standards in 4th grade music, including...
- I can match pitch up to d2.
- I can sing do to do, using solfege hand signs.
- I can perform independently a steady beat slow and fast.
- I can create and perform simple melodies.
- I can sing alone with piano accompaniment.
- I can demonstrate, while performing piano, forte, mezzo forte (mf) and mezzo piano (mp) dynamic levels.
- I can improvise a response using call and response.
- I can perform music in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 time signature.
- I can sing and play alone simple rhythmic or tonal patterns by reading simple music notation.
- I can describe similar and different characteristics of Native American, Traditional Appalachian, West African music.
- I can recognize and identify music in rondo form.
- I can recognize soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices and describe how the sound is made.
- I can identify and classify instruments of the brass, wood-wind, string and percussion families, visually and aurally.
- I can identify music of various styles.