Music

  • Downes Elementary School General Music Program Overview
    Teacher: Ambrosino

     

    Kindergarten
    Introduction to music concepts of singing, moving to steady beat, instrument
    exploration, folk dances, singing games, listening to and viewing recorded examples
    of music representing a wide variety of styles and cultures, participate in creating
    and improvising musical arrangements and compositions.

     

    1st Grade
    Development of music concepts of singing, moving to steady beat, instrument
    exploration, folk dances, singing games, listening to and viewing recorded examples
    of music representing a wide variety of styles and cultures, participate in creating
    and improvising musical arrangements and compositions.

     

    2nd Grade
    Continue to develop music concepts described above. Demonstrate proficiency in
    imitating simple vocal patterns, imitating simple rhythm patterns on un-pitched
    percussion instruments.

     

    3rd Grade
    Continue to develop the music concepts and demonstrate the proficiencies
    described above. Begin formal study of reading and writing music notation. Begin to
    play the recorder and demonstrate proficiency in playing with a steady beat by end
    of year. Demonstrate proficiency at creating rhythmic accompaniments by ear by
    the end of the year. Demonstrate proficiency in singing as part of a group following
    the gestures of a conductor.

     

    4th Grade
    Extend knowledge of musical concepts of singing and playing instruments. Continue
    to develop other concepts described above. Continue to develop recorder
    technique and ability to read and write music notation. Develop ability to play
    independently as part of an ensemble. Demonstrate proficiency to classify
    instruments by family and voice parts by range.

     

    5th Grade
    Extend knowledge of musical concepts of singing and playing instruments. Extend
    knowledge in expressing personal preference and identifying ways of evaluating
    music and musical performance. Continue to develop techniques of arranging and
    composing music within certain guidelines using a variety of classroom and
    orchestral instruments. Begin the study of music history.

Record Replacement

  • Each 3rd grade student at Downes receives a recorder to use in music class and
    keep forever. Students are expected to keep this recorder to use in 4th and 5th
     
    grade. If a student loses his or her recorder, his or her parent or guardian is
    expected to replace it. (Students new to Downes in 4th and 5th grade will receive
    a free recorder to keep.) Here is some helpful information on location and
    purchasing a replacement recorder.
     
     
    What to ask for: a “C soprano recorder with Baroque fingering system”.
     
     
    Type and price consideration: You should buy a plastic in the $5 to $10 price
    range. Recorders under $5 are essentially toys and may not produce the proper
    tone. Please do not buy your replacement recorder at the Dollar Store. Do not let
    anyone sell you a “pro” model or a wood recorder, these can cost upwards of
    $150. If you have a financial hardship, please contact me and we’ll come up with
    a solution.
     
     
    Some vendors:
    1. Music and Arts – Midway Shopping Center Kirkwood Highway 
    2. Accent Music – Kirkwood Square near Delaware Park 999-9939
     
    Remember that recorder is an important part of music class. Students will use
    the recorder for about 15 minutes each class. If a student does not have a
    recorder on music day, he or she receives time out. If a student forgets his or her
    recorder 3 or more times during a marking period, that student’s music grade
    may go down one grade category.