Grade 1 – 5 Music

2017-18 WELCOME TO GRADE 1 - 5 MUSIC - Mrs. Alyssa Jones

November/December Update: 

As we head into the month of November, all classes Kindergarten-5 are well on their way with Christmas Concert rehearsals! Please see all lyrics and song links below. 

OPENING SONG for Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5: North Pole Musical

Song Link to "North Pole Musical"

Listen! Everybody here, it’s time for joy and it’s time for cheer. 

Way up North, the fun won’t stop, ‘cause once a year you’re at the top. 

We’re feelin’ great. We just can’t wait. We’ve got a reason to celebrate----!

 

CHORUS: Our friends are here, and we’re feeling fine. 

North Pole Musical. Tonight’s the night we’ve come to shine. 

North Pole Musical. Christmas season’s just begun, everyone is havin’ fun.

Dance in the dark ‘cause there’s no sun! North Pole Mu—si—cal----. 

 

Verse 2:

Come on! Take a train or plane. Sit back, relax and we’ll entertain. 

Hit us with your “oohs and ahhs” and save applause for Santa Claus. 

So pack your sleigh and get away. The pole is rockin’ this holiday-----! 

 

CHORUS: Our friends are here, and we’re feeling fine. North Pole Musical. 

Tonight’s the night we’ve come to shine. North Pole Musical. 

Christmas season’s just begun, everyone is havin’ fun. 

Dance in the dark ‘cause there’s no sun! North Pole Mu—si—cal----. 

 

The stage is set, the lights aglow, we learned our lines a year ago! 

Celebrate our brand new show with any luck. It just might snow, (let it snow). 

 

CHORUS: Our friends are here, and we’re feeling fine. North Pole Musical. Tonight’s the night we’ve come to shine. North Pole Musical. Christmas season’s just begun, everyone is havin’ fun. Dance in the dark ‘cause there’s no sun! 

North Pole Mu—si—cal----. North Pole Musical------! Musical! 

 

TRYOUTS SONG - for Grade 3, 4 and 5

Song Link to "Tryouts Song"

We’re looking for a number to stop the show. The perfect little tune with perfect get up and go. 

A poem or a dance or perfect song—that’ll keep ‘em humming perfectly all night long!

We’re looking for a number with razamataz. Some singing and some dancing and all that jazz.

A number that will carry the audience away and bring down the house on Santa’s— Great! White! Way--! 

 

Snowmen: Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh, o’er the fields we go Laughing all the way, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! 

 

Reindeer: “6, 7, 8” Up on the housetop reindeer pause. (DRUM PATTERN) 

 

Elves: (rapping) Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, (Nicholas) lean your ear this way. (way) We want to do a number in your yearly Christmas play! (YO!) We can sing and we can dance. We’ll do our best for you’s, and we can do it all in our curly, pointed, shoes! 

Toys: We are Christmas toys what a lovely noise, how we dance for girls and boys, we are Christmas toys. We are Chirs (ow!) mas, we are Chirst (you’re on my foot!) mas, we are Chirst (ouch!!) mas, Chirstmas toys!

 

(MUSIC AND SPEAKING PART) (Singing Competition)

Elf 2: Ahhh! 

Donner: Ahhhh! 

Snowman 1: Ahhhh! 

Toy: Ahhhh! All (singing random notes): Ahhhhhhh! 

Crystal (singing beautiful): Ahhhh-------! 

 

ALL: I think we found a number to stop the show. The perfect little tune with perfect get up and go. A poem or a dance or perfect song that’ll keep ‘em humming perfectly all night long. I think we found a number with razamataz. Some singing and some dancing and all that jazz. A number that will carry the audience away and brings down the house on Santa’s--. Great! White! Way-----! 

 

THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS -  SONG for Grade 3, 4 and 5 (potentially grade 2 as well)

Song Link to "The Heart of Christmas "

CRYSTAL SNOWFLAKE ONLY: Friends and family gather round, sleigh bells ringing our favorite sound, 

Sang and danced for all it’s worth, but this is time for peace on earth. 

Presents wrapped the stockings hung, Christmas time has just begun.

But nothing’s right until we see peace and joy around the Christmas tree. 

 

ALL SING: Sing a song of happiness, sing a song of cheer. Ring the bells for peace and joy, ring them loud and clear. 

Christmas love to everyone, Plenty love to share. Spread joy and happiness to people everywhere---. 

This is the heart of the holidays---.

Miracles and majesty, special time with family, shining starts and hearts aglow, soft meadows white with winter snow. 

Candles burning all about, people give to those without, a silent night, sent from above. Enjoy this time so full of Christmas love---. 

Sing a song of happiness, sing a song of cheer. Ring the bells of peace and joy, ring them loud and clear-. 

Christmas love to everyone, plenty of love to share. Spread the joy and happiness to people everywhere. 

This is the heart, the beautiful heart, this is the heart of Christmas---. Ahhhh-----. 

 

Kindergarten Songs: I Want to Be an Elf and S-A-N-T-A

 

Grade 1 & Grade 2 Songs: Up on the Housetop and North Pole Rock n Roll

1. Up on the Housetop

Up on the housetop reindeer paws
Out jumps Good Old Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones, Christmas joys

CHORUS
Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go?
Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney
with good Saint Nick

First comes the stocking of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa fill it well
Give her a dolly that laughs and cries
One that will open and shut her eyes
REPEAT CHORUS

Next comes the stocking of little Will
Oh, just see what a glorious fill
Here is a hammer and lots of tacks
Also a ball and a whip that cracks
REPEAT CHORUS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j9CgvvuXXE

 

2. North Pole Rock ‘n’ Roll

Do you wanna rock at the North Pole?

Yes, we wanna rock at the North Pole!

Do you wanna rock at the North Pole?

Yes, we wanna rock at the North Pole!

 Do you wanna rock?

Yeah!

Do you wanna rock?

Yeah!

Do you wanna rock and roll?

 

Do you wanna rock at the North Pole?

Yes, we wanna rock at the North Pole!

Do you wanna rock at the North Pole?

Yes, we wanna rock at the North Pole!

Do you wanna rock?

Yeah!

Do you wanna rock?

Yeah!

Do you wanna rock and roll?

 

North Pole rock and roll (4X)

North pole...rock and roll

Do you wanna rock and roll

 

Do you wanna rock at the North Pole?

Yes, we wanna rock at the North Pole!

Do you wanna rock at the North Pole?

Yes, we wanna rock at the North Pole!

Do you wanna rock?

Yeah!

Do you wanna rock?

Yeah!

Do you wanna rock and roll?

 

Grade 3 Song -The Nutcracker MegaMix:

Song Link to "The Nutcracker MegaMix"

It all begins on Christmas Eve, a little girl wants to believe. Everyone is here, all full of holiday cheer. The uncle gives the girl a gift, it’s odd but quite sincere. 

Everyone hurries off to bed. The little girl creeps down instead. Then as you can see, as clear as it can be, a prince is dancing underneath a tree. 

When the clock strikes twelve, the little mice come alive. Prince and girl, don’t know what to do. So battle rages back and forth, ‘til the girl finally hits them with her shoe. 

Now the handsome prince and little girl travel off, landing where fairies dance all day. Not to worry! This can happen only in a ballet! 

 

If you think this isn’t weird enough, all the candy canes start frolicking. The choc’late dances. The ginger prances, and any tot in tutu has to have a chance! 

There’s a pretty fairy Sugar Plum. She’s what everbody’s waiting for. So light and so quick, shaped like a tooth pick, she’s the one we adore. (

 

Just when you think that it’s not over at last, 

No, Oh no! Oh no! Oh Please! 

In comes a new group of dancers, Chinese! 

No ,Oh no,Oh no! Good Grief! 

Chinese, Of course! 

Russians, There’s more? 

Spanish! Ole! 

Flowers! What for? 

What does this have to do with Nutcrackers? This story line is nuts! 

 

Just when you have had enough Sugar plums and other stuff, the soldier and girl do a Pas de deaux. 

Round and round the stage they twirl, cavalier and little girl, though you’re confused the corps knows what to do. 

Ballerinas beaming. Could we all be dreaming? Taffy clowns, and waltzing flowers, candy canes and clover. When will this be over? Can’t she just go back to bed? 

Instead... oh dread.. just look..ahead! The Christmas tree is getting huge----! 

 

Run, run, run, this crazy show, still has lots of acts to go! Those Russian dancers have a lot of kick. If you’re one who likes applause, and no sign of Santa Claus, before you snooze, you cannot lose, just grab your favorite ballet shoes and go see a three minute version of the Nutcracker. Shout: THAT’S IT! 

Grade 4 Song: The No Christmas Blues (Elves Only):

Song Link "The No Christmas Blues"

Oo--- yeah---! We trim the tree, we paint the sleigh, we give the reindeer plenty of hay. 

We wrap the gifts, we make the toys, for all the little girls and boys. 

But we’ve got something we’ve gotta discuss, there’d be no Christmas without all of us! 

Yeah---! 

We know we’re elves, we know we’re short, we know we’re not the show biz sort. 

We never whine when things get rough, but this year we have had enough. 

Please understand, we don’t want to make a fuss, there’d be no Christmas without all of us! 

Yeah---! 

Now let us tell you what we expect. We just want a song and a little respect.

We work all year with little vacation, but come this year, we want a standing ovation, yeah, yeah, yeah---! 

 

Come on Santa, we’ve waited so long. All we want to do is sing this one little song. 

We’ve got big voices for being so small. We’ve got cute costumes after all. 

Please understand, we don’t want to make a fuss, there’d be no Christmas without all of us!

 

There’ll be no Kris Kringle, no candles a glow. There’ll be no cider sippin’ till we sing in this show. There’d be no Christmas without all of us----! Oh—yeah----! 

 

Grade 5 Song: CHILLIN

Song Link "CHILLIN"

ALL: The days are short, the nights are long, and Santa says, “You’ve got to sing this song.

” We’ll do our best and go into our dance. Although we’re scared, we have to take a chance. 

We look at what we lost, but we do better when there’s frost! 

 

ALL: So, we’ll be chillin’ every night. The temp’rature is freezin’ so we’re gonna be okay. You know we’re chillin’, dressed in white. Just keep the window open, or we’ll surely melt away tonight---! 

 

SNOWMAN SOLO: Turn off the lights and everything is great. And when its through, we all refrigerate! 

We know you’re cold and there’s nothing we can do. 

Put on a coat and we will dance for you. 

 

ALL: We try so hard to be nice, but our hearts are made of ice! 

So, we’ll be chillin’ every night. The temp’rature is freezin’ so we’re gonna be okay. You know we’re chillin’, dressed in white. Just keep the window open, or we’ll surely melt away tonight---! 

 

REINDEER SONG – HOOFIN IT

Song Link "Hoofin It"

(Reindeer Only)

We’re all lined up. We’re ready to go. Rarin’ to take our place in the show.

Raise the curtain, raise the roof. Gotta tap on eve’ry hoof.

Gotta prance, gotta skip. Every little reindeer let’er rip!

Cue the music, bar the door. Why dance on two feet when you’ve got four?

 

Grab a buck or grab a doe. Come on now, we’re rarin’ to go!

Cue the music, light the light. HI dee hi, we’re hoofin’ it tonight!

 

(Rudolph ONLY: Come on, Reindeer don’t say no! You gotta let me be a part of the show.

On some foggy Christmas Eve, I can dance if you believe.

You can call me any name. I don’t wanna play that game. I just want my one big chance to shine my

light and go into my dance.

 

Grab a buck or grab a doe. Come on now, we’re rarin’ to go!

Cue the music, light the light. HI dee hi, we’re hoofin’ it tonight!

Hoofin’ it. Hoofin’ it. Hoofin’ it. Hoofin’ it. Hoofin’ it. Hoofin’ it.

Grab a buck or grab a doe. Come on now, we’re rarin’ to go!

 

Cue the music, light the light. Hi dee hi, we’re hoofin’ it tonight!

Hi dee hi, we’re hoofin’ it tonight! Hi- dee- hi-, we’re- hoof- in- it! To- night---! Tonight!

 

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Grade 3 Update:

Please see the Song of Peace - Lyrics

Please access these YouTube links for the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxidrVmwznU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb7NLvGOQx0

 

Grade 1:

Grade 1’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of listening and singing and the Elements of Expression and Rhythm.

I can…Identify and Compare sounds both musical and non-musical.

I can…Respond to tone matching and echo games!

 

Grade 2:

Grade 2’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, moving, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, and Expression.

I can…Recognize Ta and Ti-Ti rhythm patterns.

I can…Perform simple action songs and games.

I can…Understand that music may move to a steady beat.

 

Grade 3:

Grade 3’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, moving, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, and Expression.

I can…Recognize Ta and Ti-Ti rhythm patterns.

I can…Perform simple action songs and games.

I can…Respond to the beat through different locomotor skills and actions.

 

Grade 4’s

Grade 4’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, moving, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, and Expression.

I can…Respond to the beat through action and body percussion.

I can…Participate singing alone or in a group a capella. 

 

Grade 5’s

Grade 5’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of creating, moving and singing and the Elements of Form and Rhythm.

I can…Respond to the beat through action and body percussion.

I can…sing ostinato patterns with songs.

I can…understand that rhythm patterns are made up of beat and the division of beat.

I can… understand that improvisation is part of many forms of music.

I can…Notate and perform original compositions.

 

What We Did Last Year 2016-2017

Song #1 – Thank You

I want to thank you, for all you’ve done.
We have had a lot of fun.
You have helped us learn and grow
More than you’ll ever know

So thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you
For all you’ve done, for all you’ve done

So thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you
Thank you
For all you’ve done

You’ve showed you cared each time you were here
You were awesome volunteers
Now it’s time to celebrate
Cause you make our school great

So thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you
For all you’ve done, for all you’ve done

So thank you, thank you
Thank you, thank you
Thank you
For all you’ve done

Song #2: “Planting Seeds” – Click this Link for the Music to “Planting Seeds”
Planting seeds, one by one,
plan for rain, hope for sun.
Our work is never done, no, our work is never done.

Plant a bulb, soon it will,
be a nice daffodil.
Our work is never done, no, our work is never done.

A garden is a special place, full of life, full of grace.
We plant our seeds and bulbs below, and they will grow and grow and grow.
They will surely grow! (repeat)

Digging spuds from the dirt, lots of mud on my shirt.
Our work is never done,
no, our work is never done.

Ev’ry morn, year by year, picking corn ear by ear.
Our work is never done, no, our work is never done.

A garden is a lovely spot
Sometimes cool, sometimes hot.
All our plants are in a row,

And they will grow and grow and grow.
They will surely grow.

Yes, they will grow and grow and grow.
They ….. will….. surely.

Grrrrrrrrrrr….. grow!

 

Welcome to the 2016-17 Grade 1-5 Music School Year – Mrs. Jones

April 2017

Grade 1:

  • Grade 1’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of creating and playing instruments and the Element of Melody
  • I can… Understand a sequence of sounds may move from low to high, high to low or stay the same.
  • I can… Echo rhythm patterns on barred instruments.
  • I can… Play rhythm instruments correctly
  • I can…Use instruments to create sounds of high- low, loud-soft, slow-fast, short long and up-down.

Grade 2:

  • Grade 2’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of creating, singing and playing instruments and the Element of Melody
  • I can… respond appropriately and with confidence to conductor’s signals.
  • I can… play rhythmic patterns and ostinato patterns to accompany songs
  • I can… understand that sounds that move up or down or half steps within the octave are called scales.

Grade 3:

  • Grade 3’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, playing instruments and creating and the Elements of Harmony.
  • I can…understand pitched percussion instruments can be combined to make harmony.
  • I can… sing ostinato patterns with songs.
  • I can…accompany songs, stories and poems with appropriate instrumental effects.
  • I can…play rhythmic patterns and ostinato patterns to accompany songs

Grade 4’s

  1. Grade 4’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of playing instruments and creating and the Elements of Form.
  2. I can… understand that sections may be identified by letters. Example: AB or ABAB.
  3. I can… understand that musical instruments have distinctive tonal qualities and may be grouped according to families.
  4. I can… learn to play the recorder with good tone and am developing the ability to read music.

GRADE 4 REMINDERS:

  1. Practice bugs have now been handed out to students to encourage home practice. Students, please bring any completed practice bugs so we can get them up on our celebrating walls! Students are encouraged to practice at least 10 minutes, 3 times a week.

January 2017

Grade 1:

  • Grade 1’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of listening and playing instruments and the Element of Rhythm.
  • I can… Distinguish among the sounds of common musical instruments.
  • I can… Echo rhythm patterns.
  • I can… understand that Long sounds, short sounds and silences may be grouped to form rhythm patterns. Ta, ti–ti, rest.

Grade 2:

  • Grade 2’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of listening and playing instruments and the Element of Expression.
  • I can… understand that sounds and silences have specific duration [quarter note (ta), eighth note (ti–ti), half note (ta–a), and whole note (ta–a–a–a) with the corresponding rests].
  • I can… Play simple rhythm patterns on an instrument.
  • I can… Distinguish among the sounds of common musical instruments.

Grade 3:

  • Grade 3’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of listening and the Elements of Expression.
  • I can…understand musical instruments produce tone color by being blown, bowed, plucked, strummed, struck, scraped or shaken.
  • I can… recognize the instruments of the four families of the orchestra: string, woodwind, brass and percussion.

Grade 4’s

  • Grade 4’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of listening and the Elements of Expression.
  • I can… Identify the four families of musical instruments.
  • I can… understand that musical instruments have distinctive tonal qualities and may be grouped according to families.

Update, November 2016 – Music 1-5

Songs for the Christmas Concerts, December 14 and 15, see links below:

Everybody It’s Kwanza

Always Believe

Decorate the Christmas Tree

Pictures of December

ALL GRADES 1-5:

PICTURES OF DECEMBER

Friends and family, home fires burning, sounds that touch the heart.
Loving, caring, hoping, sharing, all right where we are.
Have you ever noticed? Have you really seen
These portraits that surround us, and make December gleam?

CHORUS:
Pictures of December, moments to remember,
Special times that make this season bright.
Pictures of December, moments to remember,
Let’s share these precious pictures of our lives.

(Oo… or recorders.)
Have you ever noticed? Have you really seen
These portraits that surround us, and make December gleam?

CHORUS:
Pictures of December, moments to remember,
Special times that make this season bright.
Pictures of December, moments to remember,
Let’s share these precious pictures of our lives.

(Chorus)
Let’s share these precious pictures of our lives.
Let’s share these precious pic – tures… of… our … lives……….

ALWAYS BELIEVE

For some, this is a season of hope
For some, this is a season of faith.
For other’s, it’s a season so full… of dreams
And wishes that they long to come true.
And there are those who just enjoy the winter snow
And all the beauty nature can bring.
And many share the love of fam’ly and friends
And show it with the things…. they do.

CHORUS:
Always believe in what your heart is telling you.
Always believe let it guide you in all that you do.
And in this season, there’s a wonderful reason
To share ourselves and all that we are.
Always believe, and believe the love that’s deep in your heart.

Did you know that there’s a single thread
That connects us all, one by one?
And this thread of love, of faith, of hope,
Creates a strong and beautiful bond!

CHORUS

GRADES 3 & 4

DECORATE THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches
Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches

Were gonna decorate the Christmas tree
Dress it all in colors bright
Making sure it’s covered in ornaments
And hit it with a string of lights

And then on top we’ll hang a star
The brightest one you’ll ever see
So hurry up come on over, every one
Were gonna decorate the Christmas tree

Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches

Grandma’s got a very special ornament
One we always hang just right
I can see a present wrapped in ribbons of gold
And a popcorn garland of white
Oh what fun, oh what a site
There’s no better place to be
So hurry up, come on over everyone
Were gonna decorate the Christmas tree

So hurry up, come on over everyone
Were gonna decorate the Christmas tree

Oh yeah

GRADES 3 & 4

EVERYBODY IT’S KWANZAA

Everybody it’s Kwanzaa
Everybody it’s Kwanzaa
Everybody it’s Kwanzaa
Everybody it’s Kwanzaa

Celebrate Ku-oom-ba
Celebrate OO-jee-ma
Celebrate EE-man-E
Celebrate OO-mo-ja
Celebrate Nia
Celebrate OO-ja-maa
Celebrate Koo-ji-cha-goo-li-a

Chant:
Everyone celebrate, everyone celebrate

Sing:
Everybody it’s Kwanzaa
Everybody it’s Kwanzaa

Grades 1 & 2:

UP ON THE HOUSETOP

Up on the housetop reindeer paws, out jumps good ol’ Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones, Christmas joy.

Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go,
Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go-o
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with old Saint Nick.

First comes the stocking of little Nell
Oh dear Santa fill it well
Give her a Dollie that laughs and cries
One that will open and shut her eyes

Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go,
Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go-o
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with old Saint Nick.

Next comes the stocking of little Will
Oh, just see what a glorious fill
Here is a hammer and lots of tacks
Also a ball and a whip that cracks

Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go,
Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t go-o
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick.

 

Grades 1 & 2:

RUDOLPH
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows,
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names,
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight
Then how all the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
You’ll go down in history
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows,
And all of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names,
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games,
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Wont you guide my sleigh tonight
Then how all the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You’ll go down in history

 

Grades 1 & 2:

I WANT TO BE AN ELF

I want to be an elf
I can’t help myself
I want to fly with reindeer
I want to be an elf

Think of all the toys
Think of all the candy
Up at the North Pole
Wouldn’t that be dandy?

I want to be an elf
I can’t help myself
I want to fly with reindeer
I want to be an elf

Oh, I most certainly
Positively, probably
Want – to – be – an – elf

I want to be an elf.
Don’t you?

 

November 2016 Updates

Grade 1:

  • Grade 1’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of listening, singing and playing instruments, and the Elements of Melody, Expression and Rhythm.
  • I can… understand that sounds may be high or low.
  • I can…understand that music may move to a steady beat.
  • I can… understand the beat in music may be fast or slow.
  • I can… understand music may be soft (p) or loud (f), dynamics.

Grade 2:

  • Grade 2’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, moving, Playing instruments, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, and Form.
  • I can… Understand that sections may be identified by letters; e.g., AB, ABA, ABAB.
  • I can… Understand beats may be grouped by accent (a stress in music).
  • I can… Respond to music through movement in an individual manner.
  • I can… Improvise movements to poems, stories and songs.

Grade 3:

  • Grade 3’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, moving, playing instruments, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, Harmony and Expression.
  • I can…play rhythmic and ostinato patterns to accompany songs.
  • I can…understand sounds and silences have specific duration [quarter note (ta), eighth note (ti–ti), half note (ta–a), and whole note (ta–a–a–a) with the corresponding rests].
  • I can… understand two or more melodies can occur simultaneously; e.g., rounds, partner songs, descants

Grade 4’s

  • Grade 4’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, playing instruments, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, and Expression.
  • I can… play rhythmic and ostinato patterns to accompany songs.
  • I can… understand changes in dynamics add to the effect of music.
  • I can… understand Duration concepts are extended to include sixteenth notes.

Update, October 2016

Grade 1:

  • Grade 1’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of listening and singing and the Elements of Expression and Rhythm.
  • I can…Identify and Compare sounds both musical and non-musical.
  • I can…Respond to tone matching and echo games!

Grade 2:

  • Grade 2’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, moving, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, and Expression.
  • I can…Recognize Ta and Ti-Ti rhythm patterns.
  • I can…Perform simple action songs and games.
  • I can…Understand that music may move to a steady beat!

Grade 3:

  • Grade 3’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, moving, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, and Expression.
  • I can…Recognize Ta and Ti-Ti rhythm patterns.
  • I can…Perform simple action songs and games.
  • I can…Respond to the beat through different locomotor skills and actions.

Grade 4’s

  • Grade 4’s have been busy focusing on the Alberta Music Program of Studies Skills of singing, moving, reading and writing and the Elements of Rhythm, and Expression.
  • I can…Respond to the beat through action and body percussion.
  • I can…Participate singing alone or in a group a capella.