Introduction to Music

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Introduction to Music is for students in grades 3–5 who are new to K12 or just beginning their study of music. Using traditional folk songs, students learn most of the skills covered in the K12's Beginning 1 and 2 Music courses. They learn to recognize and write melodic and rhythmic patterns with four elements, and they practice recognizing these patterns in the music of great composers, such as Beethoven and Brahms. Students become familiar with instruments of the orchestra as they listen to music by Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, and Holst. Students will:

  • Sing along with folk songs
  • Practice moving to music
  • Listen actively to different kinds of music
  • Read and write music
  • Learn to recognize melody in two, three, and four note patterns
  • Identify rhythms in music using eighths, quarters, rests, and half notes
  • Become familiar with string and percussion instruments of the orchestra
  • Recognize duple and triple meter
  • Begin to understand standard musical notation
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Course Outline

So and Mi, Ta and Titi

  • Students move to the beat of music
  • Students study the relationship between beat and rhythm
  • Students identify high and low sounds

Reading and Writing

  • Students read and write rhythm patterns using stick notation
  • Students identify high and low pitches in solfege
  • Students write solfege notes on the staff
  • Students identify members of the string family

La and Rest

  • Students identify melodic steps and skips
  • Students identify the solfege note la
  • Students identify beats without sound
  • Students identify the members of the percussion family

Jumps and Long Notes

  • Students will identify the interval of a jump
  • Students read and write a rhythm with one sound that lasts for two beats

Prepare and Practice

  • Students prepare for a new melodic note (do)
  • Students practice all melodic patterns and rhythms

Do and Three Sounds on a Beat

  • Students identify and read mi-do and so-mi-do patterns
  • Students identify, read, and write rhythm patterns with triplets

The Double Skip

  • Students are introduced to the interval of so-do
  • Students read and write four-measure patterns with half notes
  • Students define triple meter

A New Way of Writing

  • Students combine writing in melodic and stick notation, which introduces them to standard notation
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Number of Lessons and Scheduling

45 minutes

Total Lessons: 72

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling