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    - match pitches (sing the same notes as everyone in the class)singer
    - use head voice (sing with a light, clear tone)
    - demonstrate tall posture and diaphragmatic breathing to
      support the voice
    - echo short melody patterns
    - sing and identify rounds
    - sing piano and forte (soft and loud)
    - mi, sol, la (see "Solfege Syllables and Signs" at left)
    * see below for a list of songs we are singing this year!
    - perform a steady beat at varying tempi (speeds) with voice, body and moving notes
      instrumentsmoving notes
    - echo and count short rhythm patterns (quarter note, paired eighth
      notes, quarter rest) with voice, body and instrumentsmoving notes
    - name quarter notes, paired eighth notes and quarter rests at sightmoving notes
    - read and count patterns of quarter notes and rests
    - know the names of various unpitched percussion instruments (all Level K
      instruments plus:  shekere, sand blocks, claves, gong, agogo bells,
      finger cymbals), classify into 'families' (shaker, scraper, wood, metal,
      drum) and play with appropriate techniquexylophone
    - know the names of various pitched percussion instruments
      (xylophone, metallophone, bells) and play with appropriate
    - play steady beats and ostinati (short repeated patterns) on the above
      instruments independently and as accompaniment to songs
    - play rhythmic patterns of quarter notes and rests on the above instruments
    - play piano and forte on the above instruments
    - classify all of the above instruments into the Percussion Family
    - classify the correct instruments into the Woodwind Family and
    identify at
      sight (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon)
    - create short rhythm patterns with counts using quarter notes, paired eighth
      notes and quarter rests
    - write rhythms of quarter notes and rests
    - create short melodic patterns using mi, sol, la
    - arrange songs using the opposites loud/soft and fast/slow
    - draw quarter notes, paired eighth notes and quarter rests
    - read and perform rhythms of quarter notes and rests
    - perform mi, sol, la from handsigns and off the staff
    - read and respond to the symbols for piano (p) and forte (f) in written music
    - sight read short songs using mi, sol, la, quarter notes and rests
    - list, describe, identify and perform the "musical opposites" of
      sound/silence, loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low and long/short
    - assess own and classmates' vocal technique, singing voice, and
      instrumental playing technique
    - evaluate individual and class-improvised/composed rhythmic and
      melodic patterns for correct use of symbols
    - evaluate class performances for accuracy
    * see below for a list of this year's formal listening selections!
    - folksongs and common children's songs/games/dances of American
      and other world cultures
    - music's role in daily life and holidays/special occasions
    - patriotic songs
    Level 1 Listening Selections:
    - Radetzky March (excerpt; Johann Strauss, Sr.)
    - Puisque tout passe from Six Chansons (Paul Hindemith)
    - Trumpet and Drum from Jeux d'enfants (Georges Bizet)
    - Walking and Jogging (M. Sanchez)
    - Hungarian Dance No. 6 (excerpt; Johannes Brahms)
    - Wishy Washy (traditional English)
    - Tubby the Tuba (G. Kleinsinger)
    - Long and Short Dance (L. Worsley)
    - A-Tisket, A-Tasket (sung by Ella Fitzgerald)
    - The Carnival of the Animals (Camille Saint-Saens)
    - Peter and the Wolf (Sergei Prokofiev)
    Level 1 Songs and Chants:
    - Hello, There!
    - One Elephant
    - Round and Round
    - Miss Mary Mack
    - Touch
    - All Around the Kitchen
    - Opposite Rap
    - Kobuta
    - Acka Backa
    - Kaeru no Uta
    - Jelly in the Bowl
    - I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
    - Grizzly Bear
    - John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
    - Two Little Sausages
    - The Old Gray Cat
    - The Tortoise and the Hare
    - Eh Soom Boo Kawaya
    - Birds Fly High
    - A la rueda rueda
    - Wishy Washy
    - Shiau Ya
    - A-Tisket, A-Tasket
    - The Music Staff
    - Come on Through, Miss Sally
    - I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly
    - The Bakery Shop
    - Number One
    - Pumpkin Stew
    - Hallowe'en
    - Something Funny Outside
    - Skin and Bones
    - Shoo, Turkey
    - Five Fat Turkeys
    - Pumpkin Song
    - Let's Play in the Snow
    - Light the Candles
    - Burn Little Candles
    - Santa's Helpers
    - Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    - All I Want for Christmas
    - Mail Myself to You
    - My Country 'Tis of Thee
    - You're a Grand Old Flag
Last Modified on June 18, 2010