Spotlight On Music, Grade 4

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.

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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 – maintain steady beat, beat through movement
  • Rhythm – rhythmic accuracy, eighth notes and quarter note and eighth note pairs
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Tonality – major, pentatonic
  • Texture – vocal septet
  • Form/Structure – ABA form, sections
  • Tone Color – higher and lower register registration, violin, sound of voice, wood block, drum, triangle, tone color
  • Dynamics – p, mp, mf
  • Tempo – faster and slower, movement with tempo
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background – Maori, Mexican, Spirituals, Japan, New England, Christmas

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Quarter notes, eighth-note pairs, quarter rests, half notes
  • Do, re, mi
  • Pentatonic

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Harvest

Unit 2

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter
  • Rhythm – dotted quarter note, rhythmic clapping, word rhythms
  • Melody – melodic contour, higher and lower, octave interval
  • Harmony – accompaniments, ostinato
  • Tonality – major, pentatonic
  • Texture
  • Form/Structure
  • Tone Color – bell set, flute, glockenspiel, trombone, brass instruments, guitar, orchestra, tone color
  • Dynamics – softer and louder, p, mp, mf
  • Tempo – steady tempo
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background – England, African American, Halloween, Spanish

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Sixteenth-note patterns
  • ABA
  • La

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Halloween

Unit 3

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – maintain steady beat, 2/4, 4/4, 6/8
  • Rhythm – quarter note, dotted quarter note, and eighth note pairs, eighth notes
  • Melody – pitch contour, middle C to G, lower to higher melody, higher to lower melody
  • Harmony – tone cluster, interlude
  • Tonality – major, pentatonic
  • Texture – glissando
  • Form/Structure – echo, ABA
  • Tone Color – glockenspiel, instrumental tone color, brass choir, erhu, vocal tone color
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo – steady tempo
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background – Puerto Rican, Yoruban, African, Mexican, Renaissance, English, Waltz, Korean, Chinese, Welsh

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • 6/8
  • Unequal rhythms
  • Fa in unison and in cannon

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

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

Unit 4

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – strong beat and weak beat
  • Rhythm – one and two sounds to a beat
  • Melody – so-mi pattern
  • Harmony – drone accompaniment
  • Tonality – major, pentatonic
  • Texture – lip buzzing, tremolo
  • Form/Structure – same/different sections
  • Tone Color – vocal tone color, sand blocks, hand drums
  • Dynamics – louder and softer, song/poem dynamics
  • Tempo – slower to faster
  • Articulation – expression
  • Style/Background – Panamanian, Shiloh, South African, French, Hungarian, Argentinian, Brazilian, English

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Syncopated rhythms
  • 6/8
  • Do in unison and in cannon
  • Sixteenth notes

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Unit 5

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – beat of silence, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4
  • Rhythm – one and two sounds to a beat, beat of silence, quarter and eighth note pairs
  • Melody – higher and lower, same/different melodies, lower pitches
  • Harmony
  • Tonality – major, pentatonic
  • Texture – duet, aria, opera, tremolo
  • Form/Structure – repeated sections, same/different sections, ABACABA, ABA
  • Tone Color – shakers, cabasa, found sound, soprano saxophone, trumpet, tuba, trombone, piano, drum, symphony orchestra, sound and distance, musical
  • Dynamics – louder and softer, gradually louder and softer
  • Tempo – steady tempo
  • Articulation – detached sounds
  • Style/Background – Ghanaian, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Ugandan, Russian, Israeli, Pantomime playing, African-American, opera, German, French

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Dotted quarter and eighth note rhythms
  • Major scale
  • I-V harmony

Unit 6

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter – 6/8, 4/4
  • Rhythm – beat of silence, one sound to a beat, two sounds to a beat, internalize rhythm, free rhythm, pat to the beat
  • Melody – low, high, and higher, melodic improvisation, so-la-so-mi motive
  • Harmony – drum accompaniment
  • Tonality – major, pentatonic
  • Texture
  • Form/Structure – echo, mirroring, ABA
  • Tone Color – bell set, guiro, hand drum, notched rhythm sticks, instrumental tone color
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Articulation – smooth and detached
  • Style/Background – French, South American, Spanish, German, English, French Canadian, Native American

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • La
  • Syncopated rhythms
  • D minor

Section 3 Spotlight on Performance

  • Partner song
  • Syncopation
  • Intervals
  • Clear articulation

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Seasonal Songs
  • Laotian New Year
  • Earth Day
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Number of Lessons and Scheduling

One Academic Year

Description:

Total Lessons: 72

40 Minutes

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

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