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Introduction to Music for Grades 3 - 4

Introduction to Music for Grades 3 - 4

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Quick Overview

Using traditional folk songs, this beginning music course teaches students to learn to recognize and write melodic and rhythmic patterns with four elements, and they practice recognizing these patterns in the music of great composers, such as Beethoven and Brahms. Students become familiar with instruments of the orchestra as they listen to music by Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, and Holst.

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Course Overview

Using traditional folk songs, students learn to recognize and write melodic and rhythmic patterns with four elements, and they practice recognizing these patterns in the music of great composers, such as Beethoven and Brahms. Students become familiar with instruments of the orchestra as they listen to music by Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, and Holst. Students will:

  • Sing along with folk songs
  • Practice moving to music
  • Listen actively to different kinds of music
  • Read and write music
  • Learn to recognize melody in two, three, and four note patterns
  • Identify rhythms in music using eighths, quarters, rests, and half notes
  • Become familiar with string and percussion instruments of the orchestra
  • Recognize duple and triple meter
  • Begin to understand standard musical notation

Course Outline

So and Mi, Ta and Titi

  • Students move to the beat of music
  • Students study the relationship between beat and rhythm
  • Students identify high and low sounds

Reading and Writing

  • Students read and write rhythm patterns using stick notation
  • Students identify high and low pitches in solfege
  • Students write solfege notes on the staff
  • Students identify members of the string family

La and Rest

  • Students identify melodic steps and skips
  • Students identify the solfege note la
  • Students identify beats without sound
  • Students identify the members of the percussion family

Jumps and Long Notes

  • Students will identify the interval of a jump
  • Students read and write a rhythm with one sound that lasts for two beats

Prepare and Practice

  • Students prepare for a new melodic note (do)
  • Students practice all melodic patterns and rhythms

Do and Three Sounds on a Beat

  • Students identify and read mi-do and so-mi-do patterns
  • Students identify, read, and write rhythm patterns with triplets

The Double Skip

  • Students are introduced to the interval of so-do
  • Students read and write four-measure patterns with half notes
  • Students define triple meter

A New Way of Writing

  • Students combine writing in melodic and stick notation, which introduces them to standard notation

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.
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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.