Las Colinas Elementary Music class
Current Units of Study
K- Voice types. Opposites: high/low, fast/slow, loud/quiet. Keeping a steady beat. Carnival of the Animals
1- Quarter note/quarter rest. Carnival of the Animals
2- Quarter note/quarter rest, half note/half rest. Carnival of the Animals.
3- American folk songs and dances
5- Recorder, graduation song
Why does my student have a 'B' in music?
Grading Scale for Art, Music, Physical Education, Conduct and Effort
A - Exceptional performance exceeding standard expectations
B - Successful performance of standard expectations
C - Inconsistent performance with progress towards standard expectations
F - Unsatisfactory performance with little progress towards standard expectations
* Letter grades do not represent a numerical grade.
Students earning a B are performing at the appropriate level. *
(Specials grades are not included in the A/B honor roll status)'
I tell the kids:
B is where you need to be
A is above average
C means I need to see improvement
What can I do to help my child excel in music?
- Take your child to performances! The symphony, an opera, a musical, or even a ballet. It doesn't have to be an expensive, professional group. A community theater or high school performance will be great exposure. Dress up, and remember to use proper audience etiquette :)
- Enroll your child in private lessons. Piano is the most versatile and a good instrument to begin with.
*Students have the opportunity to play an instrument during school starting in 6th grade.
- Sing together. It can be anything, really! Silly songs, church songs, cultural songs... Work with them on using a quality singing voice instead of a talking voice.
(Remember children's singing voices are naturally much higher than an adult's)
- Listen to classical music. It is calming and good for brain development. We study various composers throughout the year and you may come across a song or two your child recognizes.
- Ask your child about the composer of the month. Do some additional research together.
- Practice drawing notes, rests, and the treble clef.
- Work on memorizing note names in the treble clef.