Grade 1 Music

First grade music begins the term preparing for their class play. Every student works on an instrumental overture and learns five songs. Each year different themes are chosen and past themes have included keyboards, guitars, recorders, and an assortment of musical instruments, along with preparing for the class play and singing in the December concert. All classes include a core period of group and solo singing.

First grade students will:

  • begin to recognize letter names and treble staff notes
  • play and clap rhythmic pattern notation (using beginning notation such as quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, half notes, and whole notes)
  • appreciate several master composers’ works
  • continue use of rhythmic instruments and begins using melody instruments to accompany songs

Topics of study include:

  • beginning use of instrumental music
  • introduction and review of reading treble staff and rhythmic notation
  • works of master composers
  • expressively singing
  • Orff instruments
  • music for first and second grade play and December concert