What will we be learning this year?
In the 3rd grade we focus on learning as much as we can through folk songs. We start the year off with a French Canadian folk song called "Alouette" and we learn how to sing the entire song in French! Ooo la la! We spend the month of September on our Opera unit and learn all about the plot of Bizet's famous opera, "Carmen". We listen to some of the most memorable arias from this legendary tale and also the importance of making the right choices, unlike some of the main characters from this opera. We continue to learn folk songs from all over the world including "Eh Soom Boo Kaway" from Nigeria and "Chicken on a Fencepost" from Texas. We learn how composers work through "Eh Soom Boo Kawaya" and create our own Soundscapes with our classmates.
We use the Orff instruments to learn a difficult song called "Balafon" which we perform for our parents in March during our Informances. An Informance is when we invite family members to come and experience music with us for a day. Our family members enter the music class with us and we get to show them all the wonderful things we have learned so far. We perform, sing, play, move, and even teach! At the end of the class, we all celebrate what we have learned through a play party game from Colonial America.
Over the year we will focus on hitting all of our standards in 3rd grade music, including...
- I can recognize music in 4/4 time signature.
- I can recognize eighth notes and eighth note rests.
- I can demonstrate, while performing, adagio and largo tempos.
- I can name the notes from middle C to A on the treble clef staff
- I can recognize music that is major and minor (aurally).
- I can define the following music elements: ABA, repeat signs, verse/chorus.
- I can recognize woodwind instruments and describe how the sound is made.
- I can sing and play alone simple rhythmic or tonal patterns by reading simple music notation.
- I can sing alone and with others a varied repertoire of music.
- I can describe similar and different characteristics of Native American, Traditional Appalachian, West African music.
- I can demonstrate the ability to improvise simple melodies with voice, recorder and barred instruments.
- I can demonstrate the ability to perform with blend and balance in an ensemble.
- I can sing music of the Colonial American period.