K-8 Music

Explore Music at Blue Oak School

Kindergarten Music
  • Singing: Explores and responds to different ways of using the voice (whispering, talking, calling, singing)
  • Pitch: Responds to and demonstrates high/low
  • Rhythm & Meter: Responds to and demonstrates long/short and steady beat
  • Form and Design: Performs and identifies same/different parts in simple songs
  • Playing: Performs simple accompaniments using body percussion, unpitched and barred instruments
  • Expressive Qualities: Explores and identifies loud/soft, fast/slow, connected/separated
  • Movement: Participates in creative movement activities and performs simple folk dances with enthusiasm
First Grade Music
  • Singing: Consistently sings with developmentally appropriate accuracy, alone and with others
  • Pitch: Responds to and performs “high” and “low” while singing and playing
  • Rhythm & Meter: Easily demonstrates steady beat; echoes; performs and creates simple rhythmic patterns
  • Form and Design: Demonstrates an understanding of musical phrase in simple songs
  • Playing: Performs simple accompaniments on unpitched and barred instruments
  • Expressive Qualities: Explores and identifies dynamics, tempo, timbre
  • Movement: Participates in creative movement activities and performs folk dances with enthusiasm
Second Grade Music
  • Sings songs and simple canons using in tune singing voice
  • Responds to and demonstrates melodic contour
  • Recognizes and performs rhythmic patterns in simple and compound meters
  • Demonstrates understanding of musical phrases, patterns and ostinato patterns
  • Performs simple patterned accompaniments, simple melodies and ostinato patterns
  • Incorporates dynamics, tempo and timbre in performances
  • Demonstrates a willingness to improvise
  • Participates in creative movement activities and performs a variety of multicultural folk dances with enthusiasm
Third Grade Music
  • Sings unison and two-part canons with developmentally appropriate accuracy
  • Reads and plays rhythms correctly in simple meters
  • Demonstrates understanding of musical form in individual and group composition exercises
  • Achieves beginning level soprano recorder technique
  • Reads notes on the treble clef music staff while playing soprano recorder
  • Develops beginning level awareness of effective ensemble playing
  • Incorporates expressive musical qualities in ensemble performances
  • Demonstrates a willingness to improvise
  • Performs a variety of multicultural and folk dances with enthusiasm
Fourth Grade Music
  • Sings a variety of unison songs and canons with developmental accuracy
  • Demonstrates understanding of simple and compound meters
  • Develops understanding of the musical form of the “blues”
  • Refines soprano recorder technique
  • Cultivates music-reading skills
  • Achieves introductory level ukulele technique
  • Refines ensemble performance skills
  • Demonstrates understanding of word rhythm and singable/memorable melody
  • Demonstrates willingness to improvise
Fifth Grade Music
  • Sings a variety of unison songs and canons with developmental accuracy
  • Demonstrates understanding of simple and compound meters
  • Demonstrates understanding of musical structure/form including phrases and sections, introduction, interlude, coda
  • Achieves beginning level African drumming technique
  • Develops ukulele technique
  • Hones ensemble playing and performance skills
  • Demonstrates an understanding of word rhythm and singable/memorable melody
  • Demonstrates a willingness to improvise
Sixth Grade Music
  • Demonstrates beginning to intermediate technique on applied instrument
  • Performs as part of an ensemble and works with other members of the group
  • Demonstrates an understanding of basic music fundamentals and terminology, including an understanding of music notation
  • Maintains a steady beat while singing and/or playing an instrument
  • Maintains focus during lessons and uses class time productively
  • Shows respect for the instruments and equipment
  • Participates fully and shares musical ideas
Seventh Grade Music
  • Demonstrates beginning to intermediate technique on applied instrument
  • Performs as part of an ensemble and works with other members of the group
  • Demonstrates an analytical ear and is able to identify instrumentation, style, and the main musical ideas of a work
  • Demonstrates an understanding of basic music fundamentals and terminology, including an understanding of music notation
  • Maintains a steady beat while singing and/or playing an instrument
  • Maintains focus during lessons and uses class time productively
  • Shows respect for the instruments and equipment
  • Participates fully and shares musical ideas
Eighth Grade Music
  • Demonstrates beginning to intermediate technique on applied instrument
  • Performs as part of an ensemble and works with other members of the group
  • Demonstrates an analytical ear and is able to identify instrumentation, style, and the main musical ideas of a work
  • Is able to identify excerpts from the selected repertoire
  • Demonstrates an understanding of basic music fundamentals and terminology, including an understanding of music notation
  • Maintains a steady beat while singing and/or playing an instrument
  • Maintains focus during lessons and uses class time productively
  • Shows respect for the instruments and equipment
  • Participates fully and shares musical ideas