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General Music

General Music

Students will have exposure to and develop an ongoing knowledge of core musical elements by creating, performing, and responding to music. They will develop an appreciation of the purpose of music as a means of personal expression, its significance through cultures and history and its connection and value in their everyday lives. The general music program at NHAMS follows the established New London elementary general music curriculum. The general music curriculum has been developed and organized to ensure that students learn the essential elements and principles of music which are considered the foundations of making and understanding music. This allows us to scaffold skills and concepts with increasing difficulty and refinement as students grow in maturity while also providing flexibility of presentation via projects. The general music curriculum also embraces the National Core Arts Standards in lesson development. 


Grade Level Focus

In kindergarten, students learn basic skills in singing, steady beat, and rhythm, moving to and responding to music. Musical opposites such and high/low, loud/soft and fast/slow are also explored through the above activities, as well as through listening examples, stories and games.

In first grade, students continue to learn basic skills in singing, steady beat, and rhythm, moving to and responding to music. Musical opposites such and high/low, loud/soft and fast/slow are also explored through the above activities, as well as through listening examples, stories and games.

In second grade, students learn the attributes of music previously experienced are gradually transitioned to standard music terminology and notation while continuing to strengthen their understanding of musical opposites such and high/low, loud/soft and fast/slow.

In third grade, students learn how to play the recorder for lifelong enjoyment, and in preparation for playing band instruments while continuing to strengthen their understanding of standard music terminology and notation.

In fourth grade, students focus on fine-tuning their understanding of musical concepts and may choose from six music electives. Students gain experience in working as part of an ensemble, learn rhythms, songs and movement from around the world, and are exposed to contemporary pop songs in 3 and 4 part harmony.

In fifth grade, students expand on fine-tuning their understanding of musical concepts and may choose from six music electives. Students gain experience in working as part of an ensemble, learn rhythms, songs and movement from around the world, and are exposed to contemporary pop songs in 3 and 4 part harmony.

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