4th Grade

Welcome to 4th Grade with Mrs. G! In 4th Grade we focus a lot on reading music on a staff, singing with correct pitch and posture, and complex rhythmic reading. 4th graders are getting prepared for entering middle school, where they will be able to join band or choir for the first time. Throughout this year, we try to prepare students to be a part of a larger ensemble. Below are the standards set by the state of Indiana that we will be working on this year:

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*Sing warm-ups that stress control of breath and tone

*Match pitch and pitch patterns while singing

*Sing acapella with proper diction, well defined phrasing, and expressive detail such as accents and dynamic contrasts

*Sing memorized songs that reflect American culture as well as other cultures

*Maintain an independent part when singing an ostinato, round, or partner song while keeping a steady tempo

*Follow the cues of a conductor

*Play an instrument using the correct means of producing sound

*Play an ostinato part independently

*Play short rhythms, melodic patterns, and chordal patterns either by reading or echoing back what is played

*Play a melody or pattern with the correct rhythm, tempo, and dynamics

*Play instrumental pieces of many types and styles

*Follow the cues of a conductor

*Read, play and notate patterns of whole, half, dotted half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures

*Read given pitch patterns in treble or bass clef using letter names of the pitches

*ID keys of C and G major

*ID symbols for sharps, flats and naturals and correctly play and notate them

*Accurately read and notate musical symbols for fortissimo and pianissimo, D.S., ties,

slurs, and tempo markings such as accelerando and ritardando

*Create a rhythmic ostinato accompaniment to a given melody

*Create a melodic ostinato accompaniment to a given melody

*Create a rhythmic variation within a melody

*Create an original piece

*Perform an original composition on instruments

*Diagram musical forms such as AB, ABA, or rondos

*ID by sight and sound various instruments

*Use movement to represent the musical characteristics and changes of a work as they are heard

*Keep a record of newly learned musical terms

*Compare and contrast two or more meanings of terms used in the arts such as unity, variety, repetition, and contrast

*Compare the science of sound as it relates to stringed and percussion instruments

*Name ways that study of the arts differs from the study of other subjects

*ID the historical period to which a famous work studied in class belongs

*Compare and contrast musical examples from different cultures

*Describe possible activities within another culture that would include music

*Take part in developing a class evaluation tool with which to evaluate performances and compositions

*Discuss likes and dislikes using familiar musical terms

*Evaluate musical works and performances using a class-written rubric or another evaluation tool

*Discuss appropriate audience behavior within different musical settings