Scope and Sequence

I posted K5 goals because I know how far I can take a group of Kindergartners. I posted the 4th grade goals, because I had a general idea of where I wanted those children to end up.

So, I went back and tried to fill in the gaps. Here is a tentative plan for all the grades between K5 and 4th grade.

K5 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade
Note Recognition Parts, whole, half, quarter, eighth, eighth note pairs, sixteenth Dotted half, dotted quarter, whole rest, half rest, quarter rest Dotted eighth, eighth rest, sixteenth rest
Relative Pitch Exercises 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 

Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol

6, 7, 8 

La, Ti, Do

-5, -6, -7 

-Sol, -La, -Ti

Minor Accidentals
Rhythm Exercises Steady beat, whole, half, quarter, paired eighths Rhythm of the melody, dotted rhythms, paired sixteenths, triplets Syncopation, quarter note triplets
Tempo Fast, slow Accelerando, ritardando Lento, moderato, allegro
Dynamics Loud, soft Forte, piano Fortissimo, pianissimo, mezzo forte, mezzo piano
Time signatures 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8
Instruments Families (string, brass, woodwind, percussion) All major band instruments & strings All orchestra instruments Uncommon instruments (bagpipes, ukulele, accordion, etc.) Identify any instrument by sound
Vocal Technique Stand tall and relaxed, enjoy singing, sing on pitch Breath in the right places, sing on pitch Tall mouth, blend Chest voice, head voice, sing harmony Breathe from diaphragm
Key signatures C, F, G All Key sigs
Note names F-clef, G-clef Treble clef note names Bass clef note names Perform all notes
Sight singing Notes that stay the same, notes that move stepwise 


Intervals using notes 1, 3, 5, 8 Intervals using 2, 4, 7 Intervals using 6, low 5, low 7 Intervals using low 6
Notation Notes, clefs, staff Sharps, flats, rests, f, p, Accel., Rit., Naturals, structure (repeats, D. S., D. C., coda, etc.) Expressive notation (dynamics, tempo, phrasing)
Instrument Technique Brass “buzzing,” string “bowing,” percussion, “striking,” woodwind, “blowing” Precorder – articulation (tonguing) Slurs, vibrato

About Curtis Hollembeak

Psalm 118:14, "The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation." Curtis currently lives in Rockford, IL with his wife and three children. Curtis works as church and school music director at the Berean Baptist Church. He has been a music educator and director for over 15 years.
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