Students in third grade meet for 40 minutes once each week and participate in our third grade chorus, directed by Mrs. Hughes. The third grade curriculum builds on concepts learned in the primary grades. Students continue to work on proper posture, correct singing voices, and matching tone and pitch when singing.
Melodically, students work to build their arsenal of solfeggio patterns and apply them to songs. la-so-mi, mi-re-do, and so-mi-do are patterns that are stressed.
Rhythms learned in first and second grade are reinforced and students are introduced to more advanced rhythmic concepts. Students are expected to know whole, half, quarter, eight, and sixteenth notes, as well as whole, half, and quarter rests. They work on reading rhythms that include all of these types of notes. Folk dances are also worked on, to help reinforce students' internal sense of pulse.
Students also begin to play more advanced ostinatos on xylophones, and other percussion instruments. These arrangements are used to accompany songs the students learn and works on ensemble playing. Third grade students also study the instruments of the orchestra. Students learn to distinguish between the four families of instruments; Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion.
Music of different cultures is also presented. Students learn songs from countries on all seven continents. We always identify the area of the world using a map and globe so students can become better acquainted with the geography of the Earth.
In the spring, students learn how to play the recorder. Formal music notation is introduced and students learn how to read notes of the musical alphabet on the staff. Students apply these concepts to performing on their recorders.
Please visit our "Listen to General Music Classes" link to hear some musical samples from our third grade classes.