1st Grade Music
This quarter, these are the standards that we will be assessing:
1.1.1 Match simple pitch patterns in expanding ranges.
- We have been singing new songs and learning about do, re, and mi solfege syllables. We have been singing these syllables and learning the hand signs. In class, we echo short pitch patterns and are also trying to learn to figure out pitch patterns just by listening.
1.5.1 Read and perform simple four-beat patterns with quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests using rhythm syllables.
- We have begun learning:
- quarter notes (we call them "ta" and clap 1 time)
- eighth notes (we call them "ta-di" and clap 2 times)
- quarter rests (we call them "rest" and we don't clap)
- We have been echoing, reading, creating, clapping, and playing a variety of these four-beat rhythm patterns.
Also, in this quarter 1st grade students will be taking round two of the Primary Measures of Music Audiation (or PMMA) test. This is a musical aptitude test that shows the student's ability to recognize that two sounds are the same or different. It is a two-part test, and each part is 20 listening examples. In part 1, students listen to very short tonal examples to recognize if the melody of the two examples is the same or different. In part 2, students listen to very short rhythm examples to recognize if the rhythm of the two examples is the same or different. They took this test at the end of September, and we are now taking it again to see growth in their musical aptitude.