Streamers, shakers, and scarves, oh my! In lower elementary music we use all kinds of fun props and percussion instruments to explore music and movement. We spend a lot of time exploring body awareness in the context of experiencing a variety of types of movement. This helps develop rhythm competency in young children (although they think they're just playing!). Another area of focus at these ages is discovering and refining children's singing voices through songs and tonal games.
Individual student input and expression are present and valued in our music classroom, even in the youngest grades. Creativity takes many forms in music class. It could look like students improvising short rhythm patterns on percussion instruments, singing their own owl calls in the context of a song, or creating their own dance moves to a familiar song...to name a few.
In kindergarten and first grade students begin to develop their musical and movement vocabulary. We practice identifying contrasting elements of music and space such as fast and slow, gentle and strong, and soft and loud. We also reflect on connections between music we hear and how it makes us feel.