•  Kindergarten and 1st Grade

    The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in three ways:
    1. Tuneful – to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.
    2. Beatful – to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s.
    3. Artful – to be moved by music in the many ways music can elicit a feelingful response.
    Children who learn to be tuneful, beatful and artful before they leave elementary school will grow to be adults who can benefit from what music can offer. Those that go on to sing in choirs or play an instrument will do so in a more musical manner. Those that do not choose to later sing in choirs or play an instrument will still be enriched by being able to share music in their daily lives.
     
    Quote from Dr. John Feierabend 
  • 2nd and 3rd Grade
     
     

    Before embarking on a music literacy program three readiness skills should be in place.

    1)      Comfortable and accurate singing skills.  (Tuneful)

    2)      Comfortable and accurate moving skills with the beat in metrical groupings of 2 and 3 (Beatful)

    3)      Expressive sensitivity (Artful)

    We continue becoming tuneful, beatful, artful people throughout elementary school.  Music literacy is slowly added to these very important skills starting in the 2nd grade.
     
     
     
  •  4th and 5th Grade

    Taken from Dr. John Feierabend's webpage is our ultimate goal for our 4th and 5th grade students.  Please take some time to read through this webpage.
     
    Developing Literacy Skills with “Music Art”

    An individual is considered literate when he/she can read new material with expression and write his/her thoughts.  When an individual is truly musically literate he/she can expressively read new musical material without the aid of an instrument and can write his/her own musical thoughts. Developing music literacy skills with quality literature enables students to develop the skills to hear, read and write music while introducing them to the rich repertoire of our cultures expressive music as well as exemplary composed pieces.  With these skills and musical influences we may just inspire a new generation of citizens who will be able to not only read and write music but be able to understand and appreciate the subtle expressions of music that are embodied below the surface in art.