Grade 2 Curriculum
Unit 1: Community Music
- How does music unite us?
- How can we work together as a musical team?
- Why is it important to work as a musical team?
- Many communities throughout the world use music to form a tighter sense of community.
- Music can be used as a way to communicate.
- We can use music to bring our community closer together.
- Be able to demonstrate and communicate strategies to make music together
- Sing songs that act as messages, ways of communication
- Play in a drum circle (play repetitive rhythmic patterns on drums with steady beat)
- Create community rules
- Perform folk dances that require cooperation
- Share folk songs from your own background
Unit 2: Becoming a Composer
- How do composers create their music?
- How do I become a composer?
- Composers are people who write down music.
- I can write down music using rhythmic notation.
- I can play other’s compositions by reading their notation.
- Read/write/create rhythms using rhythmic notation, and how to add pitch
- Be able to read and write quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes, and quarter rests
- Listen to the Nutcracker and explore the following questions: What is a composer? Why do they do what they do?
- Play barred instruments and explore the following questions: what is pitch? How can you tell if a bar will be high/low?
- Create and play our own rhythms
- Demonstrate and communicate strategies to make music together successfully
- Be able to write/read/create rhythms using eighth, quarter, and half notes
- Play ostinatos on barred instruments
- Keep together a repeating groove using djembes