Grade Four Music Objectives

Students in grade four continue to understand and develop with greater accuracy, clarity, and facility many of the skills and values that are introduced in the earlier grades. In addition to comprehensive music classes, students in grade four may participate in instrumental group lessons that are offered in the following classes: 

  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 Four Instrumental Music Objectives

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

  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • 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. 

Independence & Objectives

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
  • 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
  • Practice instrument on a daily basis
  • Perform one major scale appropriate to their instrument such as:
    • Cello: D
    • Clarinet: C
    • Flute: Bb
    • Saxophone: G
    • Trombone: Bb
    • Trumpet: C
    • Viola: D
    • Violin: D