Grade Five Music Objectives

By the completion of the elementary grades, students should be able to demonstrate an increased awareness of music as an important part of every day life, participate in music through singing and playing instruments, enjoy listening to different types of music, and discuss personal responses to art and music. Students have the opportunity to participate and perform in the instrumental and choral programs with other students in an ensemble setting. Students:

  • Sing independently using a clear head tone
  • Sing in harmony maintaining own part in two and three part canons
  • Sing and play melodic patterns, intervals, and ostinati to accompany songs or rhythm activities
  • Express and understand a varied repertoire of music including cultural and ethnical musical styles by singing alone and with others, playing rhythm instruments, moving, and listening
  • Create and compose simple and complex musical forms (AB, ABA, AABA, Rondo, etc.) and responses by employing improvisational techniques and musical notation
  • Identify families of instruments and individual instruments visually and aurally
  • Discuss careers, lives, and stylistic characteristics of selected composers
  • Compare and discover relationships between music, the other arts, history and culture by discussing how music connects to the home, school, community, and other places and events where music occurs

Grade Five Instrumental Music Objectives

In addition to comprehensive music classes, students in grade four may participate in instrumental group lessons that are offered in: 

  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone Classes
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • Violin


By expanding their musical involvement in this way, students are able to further develop their personal interest in music and pursue a higher level of musical growth. Emphasis will be placed on the need for individual discipline, home practice, and concert attendance. All instrumental students are encouraged to take private lessons in the Afterschool Conservatory Program. Students:

  • Assemble their instruments independently
  • Demonstrate proper posture and handling of instruments
  • Play with a tone that is full, rich, and characteristic of the instrument
  • Play pitches and notes accurately
  • Demonstrate accurate intonation
  • Play accurate and precise rhythms and tempos
  • Demonstrate proper basics of breathing and articulation
  • Know the names of the lines and spaces within the clef or range of their instrument
  • Master appropriate fingerings and positions applicable to their particular instrument
  • Practice instrument on a daily basis
  • Perform major scales appropriate to their instrument including:
    • Cello: D, G
    • Clarinet: C, G, F, Bb
    • Flute: Bb, F
    • Saxophone: G, F, C
    • Trombone: Bb, C
    • Trumpet: C, Bb
    • Viola: D, G
    • Violin: D, G