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Beginning Music for Grades 1 - 2

Beginning Music for Grades 1 - 2

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Quick Overview

In this beginning music course, traditional games and folk songs from many cultures help students begin to read and write simple melodic and rhythmic patterns. Students are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra through Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf. They explore how music tells stories in The Sorcerer's Apprentice and are introduced to opera through a lively unit on Mozart's Magic Flute.

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Course Overview

In this beginning music course, traditional games and folk songs from many cultures help students begin to read and write simple melodic and rhythmic patterns. Students are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra through Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf. They explore how music tells stories in The Sorcerer's Apprentice and are introduced to opera through a lively unit on Mozart's Magic Flute. Students will:

  • Sing along with folk songs
  • Practice moving to music
  • Listen actively to different kinds of music
  • Begin to learn how to read and write music
  • Learn to recognize melody in three and four note patterns
  • Identify rhythms in music using eighths, quarters, and rests
  • Begin to learn about the instruments of the orchestra
  • Learn how different kinds of music, such as tone poems and operas, can tell stories

 

Course Outline

Let's Get to Know Music

  • Students identify high and low sounds
  • Students walk to the beat of music and clap simple rhythm patterns

Let's Review Rhythm and Melody

  • Students walk to the beat and clap simple rhythm patterns

Melodic and Rhythmic Basics

  • Students sing melodic patterns of so and mi
  • Students clap rhythm patterns using ta and ti-ti
  • Students sing songs in call and response form

Music Can Be Written Down

  • Students write rhythmic patterns in stick notation, and write melodies on the staff
  • Students identify new melodic and rhythm patterns using so and mi, and ta and ti-ti

The Instruments of the Orchestra

  • Students identify the families of orchestral instruments
  • Students continue to practice patterns of ta and ti-ti, and so and mi

Music has Steps and Skips

  • Students identify the intervals of steps and skips using a variety of techniques
  • Students identify the highest note of a song

A New Note

  • Students identify the high note in songs as a la and learn its hand sign

Sometimes There's No Sound

  • Students learn that some beats have no sound, and define these as rests
  • Students learn to write the symbol for rest
  • Students identify and read patterns of so, mi, and la

Music Can Tell a Story

  • Students identify characters in a tone poem by their themes, and use these to follow a musical story

La and Rest, Reading and Writing

  • Students read and write rhythms with ta, ti-ti, and rest
  • Students read and write melodic patterns using so, mi, and la
  • Students identify the intervals of so, mi, and la

Music and Singing Can Tell Stories

  • Students identify characters and conflicts in the opera, The Magic Flute, and discover how the music helps describe the characters
  • Students identify duple meter

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Independent Study Courses

Courses start every two weeks for courses without a teacher as well as the world language courses with teacher support. Full-year courses last 12 months and semester courses last 6 months.

Teacher Assisted No, this course is only available as independent study.
  1. A strong start to learning about music
    review by Eileen W. on 8/11/2016

    I was amazed at how extensive this music program was in terms of what the students are taught! Both the student and Learning Coach learn about rhythm of music and how the beat of the music is emphasized. We learned lots of great songs and we learned how to use movement and play with music. My student is now in high school and to this day, we still sing songs that we learned in First Grade!! This is a great foundation upon which to introduce your young student to the wonderful world of music.

To use this course, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection.  Some courses require additional free software programs, which you can download from the Internet.

Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)

 

Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Using  Mobile Devices with the Online School

Unfortunately, many portable devices do not support the software products required to run the Online School. These devices may include (but not limited to): Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Kindles, eReaders, and Andriod phones.

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.