In the beginning of the year in first grade we spend some time recalling and reviewing songs and games that were learned the previous year. This helps the students feel comfortable with singing, moving and playing instruments to familiar songs. First graders also learn many new songs, poems and games.
During the year we prepare for and perform a concert on the stage. The repertoire for this concert consists of age appropriate songs which are chosen for educational purposes, but they are also great fun to learn and sing. A winning combination!
After the concert experience is over, the children will build on the skills and knowledge learned previously in order to move on to concepts such as word rhythm, melodic register and direction, tempo, dynamics, and tone color. By the end of the first grade year, children will have had experience reading visual representations of the steady beat and rhythm as well as melody. This is excellent preparation for beginning to learn to read musical notation in second grade. Children are also provided experiences to learn to sing with healthy and tuneful vocal technique. Effort is also put into learning to play classroom instruments with proper technique and skill.