Learning Objectives for Music and Movement Classes
1. Rhythm and Tempo Students will learn to... a) Illustrate a steady beat. b) Demonstrate varying simple rhythms through clapping, tapping (on different body parts), playing rhythmic instruments. c) Show understanding of musical rests by observing them. d) Recognize the difference between fast and slow tempos. e) Understand tempo and adjust according to the conductors instructions.
2. Echo Students will learn to... a) Repeat back different simple rhythms, words/phonic sounds, and pitches. b) Follow and demonstrate simple movements and dance steps.
3. Pitch Students will learn to... a) Differentiate between high and low notes. b) Match pitch both in exercises and in singing tunes. c) Use accurate pitch when echoing one or two different notes.
4. Technique Students will learn to... a) Utilize proper technique when singing, dancing, and playing instruments. b) Use proper posture, breathing, and mouth positioning while singing. c) Play instruments properly for rhythm while exploring various ways to hold them and make sound. d) Execute basic dance technique, such as marching, pointing/flexing, ballet walks (toes first), turning around, using arms, etc.
5. Listening Students will learn to... a) Recognize changes in music including: 1) tempo changes 2) dynamics (loud and soft) 3) change in mood or emotion 4) change in pitch (high and low) 5) global perspective-music from many regions 6) music eras and genres (opera, classical, baroque, pop, children's, jazz, blues, etc.)
6. Improvisation Students will learn to... a) Improvise movement according to the style of music they are hearing. b) Use various props to dance to the music they hear. c) Freeze or rest when music stops. d) Suggest movements for parts of songs. e) Respond back to phrases in a song.
7. Performance and Social Students will learn to... a) Build confidence. b) Follow directions in class. c) Sing and participate without inhibition. d) Perform in front of other people. e) Express the moods of and interpret different songs/music/or dance steps. f) Share with other musicians and work as a team. g) Cooperate while taking turns. h) Have fun making music and moving.
8. Memory Students will learn to... a) Improve their ability to remember tunes, lyrics, rhythms, and dance steps. b) Build cognitive skills through music and dance.
9. Terminology Students will learn to... a) Respond to different musical/dance terms. b) Be able to say various terms and recognize their meaning. c) Learn simple “solfeggio” (do, re, mi). d) Recognize basic music symbols by sight.
10. Conducting Students will learn to... a) Follow conducting and be able to understand the meaning of basic conducting.