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 3rd Grade Music

Third graders work to develop their understanding of pitch, melody and rhythm by singing, playing instruments and exploring creative movement. You can expect your child to learn about famous musicians and the instruments in an orchestra. Through these activities, students develop their understanding of the artistic, cultural, scientific and mathematical foundations of music.


Your third grader is likely to sing traditional and folk songs. Your child will sing alone and with a group, blending their voice with others. Students will sing expressively, on pitch (high and low) and with correct dynamics (loud and soft). Students will sing an increasing number of songs from memory and with improved accuracy.

Playing and listening to instruments

Third graders play musical instruments. They will begin to play a simple melody instrument, the recorder.

You can expect your child to work with rhythm to find a steady beat. Students will be able to maintain a steady beat as they play an instrument alone and in a group.

You can expect your child to learn the characteristics of the musical instrument families: string, woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard. Students will listen to the instruments and learns how they work together in an orchestra.

Moving to music

Your child gets many opportunities for creative movement. Students may invent hand and body movements to accompany songs, showing their understanding of rhythm, beat and the mood of the music. They will also learn dances from other cultures or eras.

Using the vocabulary

In a rich music program, third graders learn to use the vocabulary of music, using words such as pitch, meter, rhythm, tempo and melody. They also learn to understand how music communicates feelings. Your child will use words such as happy, sad, excited or scary to describe the emotions portrayed in music.

Learning notes

Third-grade students are able to develop recognition of musical notation. They begin to read music from the treble clef staff, identifying and writing individual pitches.
What's new in 3rd grade music...

We have spent a great deal of time this month focusing on concert etiquette and how we should behave during a concert.  Students also helped make colorful posters that you will see throughout our school during concert time to remind our students and visitors to our building how they should act during a performance.  Check out the video below if you would like to review concert etiquett with your child.

 We have begun a 3rd grade chorus.  It meets on Day 6 from 12:00-12:30.  If you are interested in joining please fill out the permission slip below.


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