Welcome to Music Class, 4th Graders!
Last year you learned to read the pitches of the extended pentatonic scale – low sol, low la, do re mi sol la on the staff. You also explored previous rhythms: ta the quarter note, ti-ti the eighth notes, quarter rest, and tikatika, 16th notes and learned new ones – half note, whole note, syncopation, ti-tika and tika-ti. You played various classroom instruments, sang songs, played games and performed folk dances. You also created some of your own music using the pitches and rhythms that you learned throughout the year. You explored symphonic instrument families – brass, percussion, strings and woodwinds and the instruments that belong to each. You have become impressive musicians already. Your musical journey will take you to new places this year as we expand on what we know with more rhythms and pitches, new musical vocabulary and many new games, dances and songs. You also get to begin the recorder this year! I can’t wait to see you again and begin making music!