• 2ND GRADE: Beyond the First Steps
    Now with some awareness of pitch and rhythm, 2nd Graders are ready for the following six objectives:
    1. To further develop rhythmic competencies by reading and writing half notes and half rests, grouping notes into meter, performing rhythmic canons, composing rhythms with one added ostinato, taking simple 4-beat rhythmic dictation, and clapping a rhythm while singing or walking the beat.

     2. To notate, sing, and play melodies with do, mi, sol, la.

     3. To encourage improvisation using poems, rhythms, questions and answers on unpitched and body percussion.

     4. To foster musical independence by introducing basic counterpoint in both melody and rhythm. This includes two unpitched or vocal ostinatos as accompaniment, two-part rhythmic canons, and two-part melodic canons (overlapping imitation).

     5. To build on the rhythmic competencies learned earlier by introducing whole notes and whole rests, determining bar line placement, and constructing 8-beat phrases, adding one or two accompanying ostinatos.

     6. To develop listening skills with music in ABA form.



    Call and Response



    5 Lines and 4 Spaces

    Repeat Sign

    Whole Note - 4 beats

    Half Note - 2 beats

    Dynamics - Volume of music

    Meter - The way beats are organized

    Crescendo - Gradually getting louder

    Decrescendo - Gradually getting softer

    Brass - Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba

    Step - Moving a pitch to the next closest line or space

    Skip - Moving a pitch from a line to the next line, or a space to the next space

    Classical - Beautiful melodies organized into balanced phrases from 1750 - 1820