Music Curriculum Goals


Children experiences music in their own way, and they express their enjoyment of music in ways in which they feel comfortable. Paramount to the music curriculum is the freedom for each child to enjoy music and to participate within his or her own comfort level. Each child is encouraged to participate in all activities, but never forced to do so.
The following goals provide a framework for the music curriculum, but do not limit what may or may not take place in the classroom through the course of the school year. Some goals will be specific to a particular age level, although all of the children may be exposed to a concept or activity presented in a manner appropriate to their ages and abilities.

During the course of the school year, the children will:
• Learn to recognize melodies
• Sing with a group
• Learn to keep a steady beat
• Explore how musical sounds are produced with and without “typical” instruments
• Play simple rhythm instruments
• Distinguish various orchestral instruments
• Develop skill in controlling movement (i.e. move with music)
• Begin to develop vocal control and distinguish among the various voices
• Be introduced to various kinds of music, both vocal and instrumental including, but not limited to, folk, jazz, classical, multicultural music
• Be introduced to a number of composers and musicians
• Be exposed to a variety of familiar and not-so-familiar instruments
• Begin to develop a grasp of basic musical concepts such as pitch, volume and rhythm
• Demonstrate an awareness of mood in music through a variety of activities
• Learn simple dances
• Begin to sing simple rounds
• Play simple melodies on pitched instruments such as bells or xylophones