Fourth grade music class activities include various songs and games which provide experiences to practice previously learned rhythmic and melodic notation as well as prepare for new notation. Another new experience in fourth grade is learning to play the flutophone. The school provides an instrument for each student to use and keep. The children are encouraged to practice their flutophone playing skills at home. Each child will receive a packet containing all the songs learned in class to practice at home.
During the year, students will prepare and perform in a concert on the stage. This concert gives the students an opportunity to sing wonderful melodies and harmonies as well as play their flutophones. Later in the year, a vocal music concert will be performed by the students.
When the concert experience is over, students learn about the families of instruments of the orchestra and concert band. They learn about the main instruments' sound, sight and even some of the playing techniques. This will be helpful in allowing the students to make an informed decision about joining the band or orchestra in fifth grade. By the end of the fourth grade year, children at Woodfern will have had experiences singing, reading, playing and taking part in discussions about a multitude of songs from a variety of cultures and genres.