Music for Grades K-2
We use First Steps in Music as the curriculum for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades. It’s a spiraling curriculum that builds on student skills as they grow. It uses games, movements, and catchy songs to increase student interest. We even get into composing our own music!
The following information about the curriculum is taken from the First Steps in Music website:
The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in three ways:
- Tuneful – to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.
- Beatful – to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s.
- Artful – to be moved by music in the many ways music can elicit a feelingful response.
All adults should be tuneful, beatful and artful so they can participate in the music that is interwoven throughout our lives. Adults who are tuneful can sing lullablies to their babies, sing “Happy Birthday” to their children and friends, sing in worship services, and join others in singing ceremonial songs like alma maters or heritage favorites. Adults who are beatful can rock on the beat while singing that lullaby, can dance at their wedding or their friend’s wedding, and can clap their hands in time with others at a sporting event. Adults who are artful are moved by music and seek out venues to share artful experiences with others in concert halls, in community bands and choirs or listening to National Public Radio. Artful adults enjoy beig moved by music.
Adults who are tuneful, beatful and artful are also better able to participate in a community and are able to enjoy opportunities to sing together with others, dance together with others and share listening to beautiful music together with others.
This curriculum has been great for our younger Picnic Point Elementary kiddos. It engages students and lets them have fun learning music.
Please email me if you have any music questions or comments (firstname.lastname@example.org).