4TH GRADE: Developing Musical ProficiencyAt this point, most of the students have a good comprehension of meters, pentatonic intervals, and elementary rhythms. This is excellent preparation for the rhythmic, melodic, and analytic challenges they will meet in 4th grade. Our 5 goals include:
1. To introduce the double division of the beat through sixteenth notes, then the eighth rest, dotted rhythms and syncopation.
2. To discover and explore the arrangement of whole and half steps through singing and playing melodies in the keys of C, F, and G.
3. To continue the exploration of texture with singing and playing in three- and four-part canon, then with two-chord accompaniments, I and V.
4. To foster improvisation, creating instrumental introductions, codas, and contrasting sections for song material.
5. To develop listening skills with music in canon (i.e. Purcell’s Canon).
Allegro - Fast
Simple Meter - 4/4, 3/4, 2/4
Compound Meter - 6/8, 9/8, 12/8
Duration - length of notes
Eighth Notes - 1/2 beat in simple meter
Sixteenth Notes - 1/4 beat in simple meter
1st, 2nd Ending
D.S. al Coda - Return to the "sign", then perform to the Coda
Major / Minor
Mezzo Piano - Medium quiet
Mezzo Forte - Medium loud
Chord - 2 or more pitches at the same time
Legato - Smooth and connected
Staccato - Short and detached
Mr. Froman, Doggie Doggie (a song from 1st grade they still love)