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5th Grade Music

 Fifth 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

Fifth graders will build upon their music reading and instrument playing skills from previous years.  In fifth grade students will learn how to play an electric keyboard, and learn basic piano playing skills.  Students will begin by playing and reading one line (treble clef) of music and will move to two hand two line music reading (bass clef). 

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, fifth 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

Fifth grade students will continue to develop recognition of musical notation. They will read music from the treble clef staff and bass staff,  identifying and writing individual pitches.
What's new in 5th grade music...

In music class we have been reviewing rules of concert etiquette.  The students have been making colorful posters that will be hung throughout the building to remind our younger students and visitors to our building how they should behave during a concert.  If you would like to go over concert etiquette at home click on the link below.
Also we have begun a 5th grade chorus during school.  Students will meet on Day 3 from 11:30-12:00.  If you are interested in being in chorus please fill out the permission slip below.
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