Kindergarten Music Curriculum

Course Description: Kindergarten Music

The students will learn to appreciate music as an art through various activities involving movements, action songs, dancing and musical games. Musical concepts like high and low, fast and slow, loud and soft, etc. will be taught and the students will also develop skills such as identifying colors/shapes, cutting, painting, and number/alphabet recognition. The students will acquire a repertoire of songs and will be expected to be able to echo-back melodies in tune and repeat simple rhythms. Naming and identifying classroom instruments, learning how to play with them and the value of sharing and care for school's property, are some of the areas I'd also like my students to learn in class.

In Kindergarten Music class, the goal is to bring the music out from a child not to impose it artificially. My belief is that Music for young students will be more fun when they discover and explore how to associate a sound heard to a specific area in everyday life. For example, having them watch DVDs (Raffi, Barney, etc.) which have children performing and singing will stimulate young students to respond and copy a few dance movements, hum and repeat some words in a song and eventually hearing students sing the songs by heart. At this grade level, the curriculum follows the need and interests of children and has them achieve the desired feelings and enjoyment of music.

One exciting school production where students participate in to show their skills is the End of the Year Musical. It allows the students to apply skills learned in class as well as demonstrate good audience behavior.

Units:

  • Acquiring a repertoire of grade level songs
  • Comparing sounds of high, low, fast slow, loud and soft
  • Naming simple musical instruments
  • Learning to follow beat patterns and staying on the beat
  • Using the voice as a musical instrument
End of the Year Production

Skills and Understandings:

  • The students will learn to echo a variety of short and rhythmic and melodic patterns.
  • They students will demonstrate accuracy on age appropriate rhythms when singing and playing classroom instruments.
  • They students will identify age-appropriate music concepts.
The students will demonstrate proper performance skills for an in-school performance.

This course upholds the KAS mission statement by:

  • Allowing students to develop into confident and independent individuals in the society that would lead them to make better judgments in the future.
  • Encouraging students to believe in themselves as they continue to explore their areas of strength through music as an art.
Providing students the opportunity to gain life-long skills and see them as great tools to help them the diverse roles they have to face in the world.