Spotlight On Music, Grade 3

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

Explore and build foundational musical skills with Spotlight On Music from McGraw-Hill. This course offers a variety of learning activities that include singing, dancing, virtual instruments, listening maps, authentic sound recordings and playing the recorder. Six units in the course are organized into four sections: Spotlight on Concepts, Spotlight on Music Reading, Spotlight on Performance, and Spotlight on Celebrations. Students learn about these musical elements: duration, pitch, design, tone color, expressive qualities and cultural context. Students explore beat, meter, rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, texture, form, tone color, dynamics, tempo, articulation, style, and music background.

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Course Outline

Unit 1

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter
  • Rhythm – rhythm of the words, quarter notes, eighth notes, quarter rest
  • Melody – melodic movement, mi, re, and do
  • Harmony 
  • Tonality – pentatonic
  • Texture – combine instrumental sounds
  • Form/Structure – verse/refrain
  • Tone Color – vocal tone color, instrumental tone color
  • Dynamics – f, p
  • Tempo – steady tempo
  • Articulation - accents
  • Style/Background – swing, Singaporean, Newfoundland, Louisiana, Hungarian, Andean, South African

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Mi, re, do
  • Quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth note pairs
  • Steps, skips, repeated notes

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Hispanic Heritage Month

Unit 2

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 2/4, 4/4
  • Rhythm – quarter notes and eighth notes, half note
  • Melody – so and la
  • Harmony  - countermelody
  • Tonality - pentatonic
  • Texture – “found sounds”
  • Form/Structure – ABA, ABC, AABA
  • Tone Color – vocal tone color
  • Dynamics – p, f, pp, ff, crescendo, decrescendo
  • Tempo – tempo changes
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background – Mexican, Native American, African American, Nigerian, Japanese, Israeli

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Quarter notes, eighth note pairs
  • Do, re, mi, so
  • Do, re, mi, so, la

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Sukkot
  • Halloween

Unit 3

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 2/4, 6/8
  • Rhythm – quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted quarter notes, quarter and eighth note pairs
  • Melody – low la and low so
  • Harmony  - instrumental harmony
  • Tonality - pentatonic
  • Texture – instrumental ensemble
  • Form/Structure – verse, refrain, phrases
  • Tone Color - violin
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo - rubato
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background – Ghanaian, African American

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Low la
  • Low so in unison and in cannon
  • Conduct in 2/4

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Thanksgiving
  • Seasonal Songs
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas
  • Las Posadas
  • Kwanzaa

Unit 4

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter  - 2/2
  • Rhythm – sixteenth notes
  • Melody – high do, skips, leaps, steps
  • Harmony  - melodic accompaniment, ostinato, canon, round
  • Tonality - pentatonic
  • Texture – percussion ensemble
  • Form/Structure – identical and similar phrases, A and B sections, rondo
  • Tone Color – erhu, banjo
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo – steady tempo
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background – Caribbean, French Canadian, Israeli, Norwegian, Chinese

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Sixteenth notes
  • High do

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Valentine’s Day
  • President’s Day

Unit 5

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 3/4, downbeat, upbeat
  • Rhythm – dotted half note, whole note, whole rest, eighth notes, sixteenth notes
  • Melody – G, A, and B
  • Harmony – chordal accompaniment, rhythmic accompaniment
  • Tonality – minor/major
  • Texture - chords
  • Form/Structure – introduction, coda, verse, and refrain
  • Tone Color - cello
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo – varying tempo
  • Articulation – staccato, legato
  • Style/Background – eighteenth century minuet

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • 6/8 with upbeats
  • Whole note
  • Ostinato with whole note
  • Dotted half and whole notes in 4/4 meter
  • Ostinato with an upbeat

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Seasonal Songs
  • Earth Day

Unit 6

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 6/8
  • Rhythm – quarter note and eighth note pairs, triplets
  • Melody – tonal center
  • Harmony 
  • Tonality – minor/major
  • Texture – melodic accompaniment
  • Form/Structure – phrases
  • Tone Color
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo – accelerando
  • Articulation – legato, staccato
  • Style/Background – Jamaican, Scottish, Mexican, Jewish, Russian, swing, Brazilian

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • 6/8
  • Countermelody
  • Upbeats, slurs, ties

Section 3 Spotlight on Performance

  • Rhythm Patterns
  • Creative movement
  • Instruments
  • Singing 

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Cinco de Mayo
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Number of Lessons and Scheduling

40 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