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 4th Grade Music

Fourth graders continue to 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 child will sing alone and with a group, blending their voice with others. Students will sing expressively, on pitch (high and low), reading rhythms correctly and with correct dynamics (loud and soft).

Playing and listening to instruments

Fourth graders play musical instruments. They will build upon their third grade skills on 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.

Using the vocabulary

In a rich music program, fourth 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. Children will learn how to interpret music and understand it's purpose.

Learning notes

Fourth grade students will continue to develop recognition of musical notation. They will read music from the treble clef staff, identifying and writing individual pitches.

What's going on in 4th grade music...

We have spent a great deal of time this month reviewing and talking about proper concert etiquette.  The students have made very colorful and informative posters that you will see hung around our school during concert season to remind our students and visitors how they should act during a performance.  Check out the link below if you would like to go over proper concert etiquette at home with your child.
 Also we have begun a 4th grade chorus during the school day.  Students will rehearse on Day 3 from 11:30-12.  If your child is interested please fill out the permission form below.
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