3rd Grade Music

This is a work-in-progress; thanks for your patience!

In 3rd Grade Music Class we review everything we learned in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade.  We sing, dance, play, create, listen, read and think about (analyze) music. 

We start every class with a WARM-UP.

We SING using our singing voices (instead of our shouting, whispering or speaking voices);

We practice MATCHING PITCH while singing (we practice listening to ourselves & others);

We practice keeping a STEADY BEAT (silently and loudly, while tapping, clapping, dancing, playing, moving and singing).

We practice READING RHYTHMS: quarter notes (ta), paired eighth notes (ti-ti) and quarter rests (sh!), half notes (too-oo), half rests, whole rests.  We also explore single eighth notes and eighth rests and dotted rhythm patterns.

We PLAY rhythm patterns on pitched & unpitched percussion in the music room and at home using spoons, sticks or body parts (hands, knees, feet)

We LISTEN to music from different cultures.

We DANCE to music from different cultures.

We learn about American Folk Music (songs & dances) and we learn to read the notes of the Treble Clef staff and play the recorder.

We read a wonderful book called “Do-Re-Mi; If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D’Arezzo” by Susan L. Roth

Some of our favorite 3rd Grade songs include:

  • “Hot Cross Buns” (of course!)
  • “Alabama Gal”
  • “Sweet Betsy From Pike”
  • “Home on the Range”
  • “Cielito Lindo”
  • “Red River Valley”
  • “It Makes A Difference”
  • “The Dream of Martin Luther King”
  • “Amazing Grace”
  • “Free At Last”
  • “Sakura”
  • “Wild Bird”
  • “Singing In The Rain” (by Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown)
  • “Puff The Magic Dragon” (by Peter Yarrow & Lenny Lipton)
  • “This Land Is Your Land” (by Woody Guthrie)
  • “Count On Me” (by Bruno Mars)
  • “Everybody” (by Ingrid Michaelson)