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    What can you expect your child to learn in music this year?

    The curriculum is aligned with all of the Arts areas (music, dance, visual art, and drama) across the K-12 continuum....the K-12 Arts Learning Collaborative. For more information on that please go to the Visual and Performing Arts Department on the District website. All Arts curricula are centered around the following Enduring Undersatndings and 21st Century Skills:

    Enduring Understandings:

    These are statements which summarize important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom.

    1. The Arts reveal who we are.
    2. The Arrts are a means of communication.
    3. Arts learning fosters critical thinking and creativity central to life and career.

    21st Century Skills to be cultivated through Arts learning in Seattle Public Schools:

    1. Growth Mindset and Perseverance
    2. Creative and Critical Thinking
    3. Communication Skills
    4. Collaboration Skills

    Within the area of Music, there are eight key elements that children will be taught. The table below summarizes what that looks like at each grade level.


    K: Heartbeat/Steady, Beat, Beat/No Beat, Beat vs. Rhythm

    1st: Strong Beat/Weak Beat, Silent Beat

    2nd: Duple/Triple, On the Beat/Off the Beat

    3rd: Up Beat/Down Beat, Time, Signature, Meter, Barline

    4th: 6/8 Time



    K: Long/Short, Quarter Note, Paired Eighths, Echo Patterns

    1st: Quarter Rest, Inner Hearing (maintaining beat)

    2nd: Half Note, Grouped Sixteenths

    3rd: Whole Note, Whole Rest, Half rest, Tie

    4th: Triplet

    5th: Syncopation, Dotted, Notes, Single Eighth


    K: High/Low

    1st: Inner Hearing (maintaining pitch center)

    2nd: Match Pitch, Steps/Skips/Leaps, Octaves and Repeats

    3rd: Treble, Clef, Absolute, and Pitch

    4th: General

    5th: ​Interval relationships

    Timbre/Tone Color

    K: Voice (call, speak, whisper, sing),Body, Percussion, and Sound Sources

    1st: Non-pitched, Rhythm, and Instruments

    2nd: Pitched/Non-pitched, Instruments, and Vocal Register

    3rd: Recorder

    4th: Instrument Families:String, Brass,Woodwind, Percussion)



    K: Upward/Downward Movement, Simple Songs (me-re-do)

    1st: Pentatonic, Songs, Melody, aContour



    4th: Diatonic, and Scale

    5th: Major/Minor


    K: Same/Different, Echo

    1st: Call & Response, AB, ABA, Cumulative, Songs, Repeat

    2nd: Verse/Refrain, Rondo

    3rd: Question & Answer, Intro, Coda, Interlude, 1st & 2nd, Endings

    4th: Theme & Variation, Round/Canon, DC al Fine, DS al Fine

    5th: Music class



    1st: One Sound/More than One Sound (think & thin), Accompaniment/No Accompaniment

    2nd: Borduns, Ostinato (melodic & rhythmic), Partner Songs

    3rd: Unison/Harmony, Solo/Tutti, Rounds

    4th: Chord Progressions

    5th: 2-part Singing, Ployphonic Rhythms


    K: Loud/Soft, Fast/Slow

    1st: Dynamics (p, f, pp, ff), Louder/Softer (<, >)

    2nd: mp, mf, Accent, Fermata, Tempo Changes, Staccato/Legato

    3rd: Articulation (slurs, phrasing, staccato, legato, tenuto, accent), Tempo Markings, Ritardando, Accelerando