• Students should develop technical skills necessary to become capable and intelligent performers of a wide variety of music. They should constantly be provided opportunities to practice playing and singing.

    Students should perform music upon a variety of available sound sources including traditional and electronic rhythmic and pitched instruments. They should demonstrate the ability to sing developmentally appropriate music.

    Students should be provided a variety of opportunities to develop original musical ideas. They should be encouraged to respond imaginatively and creatively to music and non-music stimuli and further develop their awareness and skills in creating their own music at a developmentally appropriate level through improvising, composing and arranging music.

    Musical expression requires the development of technical literacy skills. Students should develop the ability to interpret and notate both rhythm and pitch using a widely accepted methodology. Traditional rhythmic reading methods include counting, Kodaly, Gordon, and ta-ka-di-mi. Students should be able to interpret melodic contour through the use of a movable do as in solfege and form musical staves utilizing the letter names for the lines and spaces of the staves.

    Students should be able to communicate musical ideas effectively through the use of notation, demonstrating their ability to write their own original ideas and the musical ideas of others using a standard notation system.

    Students should be provided opportunities to increase aural awareness, refine aesthetic perception, and develop responsiveness to music as a means of learning to make informed judgments. They should experience a wide variety of sound sources including traditional, acoustic, and electronic recorded music and live performances. Students should discuss their experiences and demonstrate an understanding of the elements and expressive qualities of music by using vocabulary of concepts learned to describe the music and their feelings.

    Students should understand music in relation to both history and culture. They should become aware that music is a reflection of historical and culturally diverse groups and recognize how the purposes of music affect the character of the music. Students should recognize the relationship between the style and form of music and its function. They should recognize the role of music and musicians and realize that music has a significant place in history and in world cultures.

    An effective arts program encourages connections among arts educators and between arts educators and educators in other subject areas. The arts represent unique ways of knowing and learning about the world. Effective instructional collaborations can provide opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives, deepen their understanding, and increase their analytic skills. Unifying concepts or themes can form the basis for instructional units that extend across the arts and other subject areas. Such units, for example, may involve the study of certain historical periods, cultural values, or ethnic traditions.

    Students should explore the variety of career options involving music and come to identify the necessary prerequisites and the financial benefits. Students should recognize the impact of the arts upon the state, national, and global economies.

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  • Kindergarten

    General Music for Kindergarten grade students includes a variety of musical experiences based on the 2017 SC Visual and Performing Arts standards. Students should be provided opportunities to sing, read, write, perform, move, and listen to music in a variety of tonalities and meters, while recognizing each student develops musically at his/her own rate. The ideal class meets with a certified music teacher for 45 minutes at least once a week.

     



  • 1st Grade

    General Music for 1st grade students includes a variety of musical experiences based on the 2017 SC Visual and Performing Arts standards. Students should be provided opportunities to sing, read, write, perform, move, and listen to music in a variety of tonalities and meters, while recognizing each student develops musically at his/her own rate. The ideal class meets with a certified music teacher for 45 minutes at least once a week.



  • 2nd Grade

    General Music for 2nd grade students includes a variety of musical experiences based on the 2017 SC Visual and Performing Arts standards. Students should be provided opportunities to sing, read, write, perform, move, and listen to music in a variety of tonalities and meters, while recognizing each student develops musically at his/her own rate. The ideal class meets with a certified music teacher for 45 minutes at least once a week.



  • 3rd Grade 

    General Music for 3rd grade students includes a variety of musical experiences based on the 2017 SC Visual and Performing Arts standards. Students should be provided opportunities to sing, read, write, perform, move, and listen to music in a variety of tonalities and meters, while recognizing each student develops musically at his/her own rate. The ideal class meets with a certified music teacher for 45 minutes at least once a week.



  • 4th Grade

    General Music for 4th grade students includes a variety of musical experiences based on the 2017 SC Visual and Performing Arts standards. Students should be provided opportunities to sing, read, write, perform, move, and listen to music in a variety of tonalities and meters, while recognizing each student develops musically at his/her own rate. The ideal class meets with a certified music teacher for 45 minutes at least once a week.



  • 5th Grade 

    General Music for 5th grade students includes a variety of musical experiences based on the 2017 SC Visual and Performing Arts standards. Students should be provided opportunities to sing, read, write, perform, move, and listen to music in a variety of tonalities and meters, while recognizing each student develops musically at his/her own rate. The ideal class meets with a certified music teacher for 45 minutes at least once a week.