Grade 5 Music

The fifth grade music program is organized into units that introduce students to jazz and hip-hop. Every student learns about jazz history and artists from its very beginnings to modern jazz. Fifth grade students conduct a research project that includes singing and performing a song of an artist they have studied. Every student also learns about hip hop history and artists from the 80’s to now. A culminating activity is an EP release showcase of students performing their original song that incorporates loops, rap verses, and album cover art. 

Our fifth grade students will: 

  • Learn about various types of jazz such as ragtime, swing, bebop, modal, and contemporary
  • Learn about various artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, and Dizzy Gillespie
  • Learn the basics of scatting, 12 bar blues, and constructing major and minor 7th chords
  • Research and perform a jazz standard of their choice 
  • Perform songs with rounds and two part harmony for the Winter Concert 
  • Learn about the five strands of hip hop: DJing MCing, B-boying, graffiti, and fashion 
  • Learn about various artists who shaped hip-hop including DJ Kool Herc, Tupac, Biggie, MC Lyte, Eminem, and Beastie Boys
  • Compose original hip hop loops using online softwares 
  • Compose rap lyrics based on the study of rhyme scheme and cultural refernces
  • Perform their original songs and produce their original track