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Lincoln Meadows

Elementary Music (K-5)

Welcome to our elementary music page! I'm Ms. Birkmeier, and this is my 4th year teaching here. In addition to teaching music to our Kindergarten through 5th graders, I'm also the band director at Lincoln Meadows to provide our students with more opportunities to explore their musical interests outside of class! I'm so excited to continue building our instrumental program and making music with your students. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me: [email protected]
 
Musically yours,
Ms. B
 
Grade Level Instruments & Curriculum Overview
Kindergarten
Concepts include: loud and quiet, keeping a steady beat, moving to music, same and different, learning to read and perform rhythms like quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.
Instruments: piano, boomwhackers, drums, xylophones, other percussion 
 
1st grade
Concepts include: loud and quiet, same and different, keeping a beat review from kindergarten in addition to recognizing instruments by sight and sound, making connections between music and literature, reading and performing more rhythmic values, performing in front of peers, and learning solfege. 
Instruments: piano, boomwhackers, drums, xylophones, other percussion 
 
2nd grade
Concepts include: Moving and responding to music, beginning to use solfege to learn pitches on the treble clef, making connections between music and literature, learning and performing more complex rhythms, learning practicing and critical thinking skills, and performing in front of peers. 
Instruments: piano, boomwhackers, drums, xylophones, other percussion 
 
3rd grade
Concepts include: reading pitches on the treble clef, learning to practice and refine playing for performance, performing in front of peers, providing and receiving constructive feedback, recognizing instruments by sight and sound, and making connections to literature.
Instruments: Recorder (in Trimester 2), piano, boomwhackers, xylophones, and other percussion 
 
4th grade:
Concepts include: continuing to read and interpret notes and symbols on the treble clef and in sheet music, reading other notation styles, learning about musical structure and theory, learning about form and the "anatomy" of a song, connecting to music in their lives outside of school, making connections between music, history, and literature, and practicing independently.
Instruments: Ukulele (in Trimester 2-3), piano, boomwhackers, xylophones, and other percussion 
 
5th grade:
Concepts include: continuing to read and interpret more notes and symbols on the treble clef and in sheet music, reading other notation styles, making connections between music, history, and literature, learning more complicated music theory concepts and "anatomy" of a song, learning more about different composers, practicing and refining music independently for performance, and preparing other necessary skills for middle school music.
Instruments: Ukulele (in Trimester 2-3), piano, boomwhackers, xylophones, and other percussion 
 
In Kindergarten, we're getting into our last 2 weeks of music! First, we'll use activities and observation to determine how much we learned about same and different sounds, high and low sounds, and solfege/singing skills in Kindergarten. On our final week of music, we'll revisit some of our favorite games to close out the year!
 
In 1st grade, we're learning about Peter and the Wolf and instrument families! Since each character in this story gets their own instrument sound, we're also working on identifying instruments by sound. In addition to grouping instruments into their families, we'll be matching characters to their instruments at the end of the week to show our understanding of the story and music. 
 
In 2nd and 3rd grade, we're learning about composition! We'll do a different composer feature the first 3 days of the week and practice composing together! Students will take what we've learned this year to create their own musical composition to present to the class. 
 
In 4th and 5th grade, we're working on a group composition project! Using all the things we learned this year, students will form groups and create a song that includes a melody, harmony, and a beat. Which instruments or voices they use to complete this is up to them! After some practice together and practice in groups, we'll present our musical creations to each other at the end of the week.