Spotlight On Music, Grade K

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, and authentic sound recordings. 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, vocal/instrumental tone color, texture, 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, quarter notes and eighth notes
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Tonality - major, pentatonic
  • Texture - vocal septet
  • Form/Structure - ABA Form, sections 
  • Tone Color - higher and lower, violin, sound of voice, wood block, drum, triangle
  • 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

  • Steady Beat
  • Faster & Slower

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Songs of Our Country

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 - ostinato
  • Tonality - major, pentatonic
  • Texture
  • Form/Structure
  • Tone Color - bell set, flute, glockenspiel, trombone, brass instruments, guitar, orchestra
  • Dynamics - softer and louder, p, mp, mf
  • Tempo - steady tempo
  • Articulation
  • Style/Background - England, African American, Halloween, Spanish

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • Lower and Higher
  • Beat & Rhythm

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Seasonal Songs
  • Halloween

Unit 3

Section 1 Spotlight on Concepts

  • Beat/Meter - 2/4, 4/4, 6/8
  • Rhythm - quarter and eighth note combinations
  • 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

  • Higher and Lower
  • Difference in Meter

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

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

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

  • One and Two Sounds to a Beat
  • Soft and Loud

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Kwaanzaa
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • President’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, one and two sounds to a beat
  • Melody - higher and lower, same/different melodies, lower pitches
  • Harmony
  • Tonality - major, pentatonic
  • Texture - duet, aria, opera, tremolo
  • Form/Structure - repeated section, 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 - Ghanian, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Ugandan, Russian, Israeli, Pantomime playing, African-American, opera, German, French

Section 2 Spotlight on Music Reading

  • High and Low minor third
  • Beat of silence

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Seasonal Songs

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, 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

  • Same and different
  • Low, High, Higher
  • Melodic Direction

Section 3 Spotlight on Performance

  • Melody - melodic direction, down and up, high and low
  • Rhythm - four beats pattern, rhythm patterns

Section 4 Spotlight on Celebrations

  • Easter
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Seasonal Songs
  • Powwow
  • Birthday
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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