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In 4th Grade Music Class we review everything we learned in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd & 3rd 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 PLAY GAMES from different cultures.
We improve our ability to read the notes of the Treble Clef staff and we learn about the Grand Staff. We continue to play the recorder but also learn to play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass). We also sing in the GFS Chorus!
We put on plays at the end of the year for our buddies.
Some of our favorite 4th Grade songs include:
- “Funga A Lafya”
- “Chatter With The Angels”
- “Amazing Grace”
- “It Makes A Difference”
- “The Dream of Martin Luther King”
- “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)