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Frederick Leighton Elementary School
1 Buccaneer Blvd.
Oswego, New York 13126
315-341-2700
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Mrs. McKenney-Myers
FLS Vocal/General Music

General Music:

All FLS students take music class. We are on a 4 day rotation and every class in every grade level gets 1 music class in each rotation. For example, your child may have music on day 1. Day 1 could fall on any day of the week, it just depends on where the rotation falls that week. Here is a summary of what we work on at each grade level.

K- Kindergarten music students work on singing, playing percussion instruments, staying on the beat, and basic musical concepts such as loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, instrument identification. Class consists of performance, listening, and movement. Students are exposed to a variety of musical styles and learn appropriate audience behaviors.

1- First grade music students work on singing, playing percussion and melodic instruments, staying on the beat, and basic musical concepts such as loud/soft (dynamics), fast/slow (tempo), high/low (pitch), and instrument identification. Students also learn to read basic musical rhythms (quarter notes, eighth notes, quarter rests). Students start to play keyboards (pressing keys, playing with sounds). Class consists of performance, listening, and movement. Students are exposed to a variety of musical styles and learn appropriate audience behaviors.

2- Second grade music students work on singing, playing percussion and melodic instruments, staying on the beat, and basic musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, form, style, dynamics, tempo. Students also learn to read basic musical rhythms (quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes, rests). Students start to play keyboards (some may try songs). Class consists of performance, listening, and movement. Students are exposed to a variety of musical styles and learn appropriate audience behaviors.

3- Third grade music students work on singing, playing percussion and melodic instruments, staying on the beat, and basic musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, form, style, dynamics, tempo. Students also learn to read basic musical rhythms and notation. Students will learn to play keyboard songs. Students will have the opportunity to create original music. Class consists of performance, listening, and movement. Students are exposed to a variety of musical styles and learn appropriate audience behaviors.

4- Fourth grade music students work on singing, playing percussion and melodic instruments, staying on the beat, and basic musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, form, style, dynamics, tempo. Students also learn to read basic musical rhythms and notation. Students will learn to play songs in a small group using a variety of instruments. Students will have the opportunity to create original music. Class consists of performance, listening, and movement. Students are exposed to a variety of musical styles and learn appropriate audience behaviors.

5- Fifth grade music students will learn about the elements of music (melodic and rhythmic notation, dynamics, time signatures, timbre, form, harmony, style, tempo). They will learn to effectively communicate about music and musicians using appropriate musical terms. They will learn about the music of different cultures. Students continue to work on learning appropriate audience behaviors for several styles of music. Class consists of a mixture of activities devoted to the project or musical elements of focus for that day. Activities are varied and include singing, instrument playing, keyboard/percussion instrument work, recording, games, and listening. 

Projects:
  BAG-
students compose music using the notes BAG and simple rhythms. Songs are recorded using ProTools recording software. Finished products are transferred to CD and given out as a Christmas gift in a bag decorated by the students. The 5th grade teachers had students prepare a written letter for their gift recipient.
Cultural music- students wrote their nationality in a smart board document. Each music class, we listen to music from a different country. For each country we listen to traditional, rock, and rap music. We discuss instruments used, where the country is located, how the music compares to the same style in our own country, and our preferences for the music of each country.

6-Sixth grade music students will learn about the elements of music (melodic and rhythmic notation, dynamics, time signatures, timbre, form, harmony, style, tempo). They will learn to effectively communicate about music and musicians using appropriate musical terms. They will learn about the music of different cultures. Students continue to work on learning appropriate audience behaviors for several styles of music. Class consists of a mixture of activities devoted to the project or musical elements of focus for that day. Activities are varied and include singing, instrument playing, keyboard/percussion instrument work, recording, games, and listening. 

Projects:
Keyboard Performance: students chose a keyboard song, practiced it for a few classes, and performed it for the class.

Sound Story: Student groups set a story to music with background music and sound effects. Students record themselves reading a poem they chose. Students created sound effects and background music. All is recorded into the computer using ProTools recording software.

 




Mrs. McKenney-Myers
Oswego Middle School
Mark Fitzgibbons Drive
Oswego, NY 13126
341-2300 x8701