***Freedom Elementary School students attend music classes weekly as part of their curriculum. These teachers are certified in this area of expertise: Mrs. Seibert (4K - K), Mrs. Touchet (1 -5).
Music is an important part of a child's overall education and development. Music allows children to express themselves, be creative, encourages team work, develops coordination and teaches self-discipline.
K-5th grade students receive music instruction 2 times each week for 30 minutes. 4K students receive music instruction once a week for 30 minutes.
*Pre-K and Kindergarten Music:
Children’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement is channeled into a productive and positive learning experience in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten music. The first steps in music preserve the rich repertoire of traditional and folk literature and enable today’s families to recall and learn songs and rhymes that have nurtured wonder and joy in young people for generations. Students are immersed in the enjoyable natural aspects of creating music through the Kodaly solfege approach with pitches of Sol, La, Mi because all humans are born with these pitches. Researched-based curriculum and literature utilizes song, dance, movement, rhythm reading, and instrumentation for a complete enjoyable musical experience for all.
*First and Second Grade Music:
All students work on developing their singing voice and pitch-matching skills with the use of the Do, Re, Mi solfege approach. Students practice within group ensembles as well as through independent solos. In addition, being able to keep a steady beat at various tempos is a very important skill for these younger students. Rhythmically, students learn basic notes and rests and be able to echo various handclap rhythms as well as read and compose their own rhythms. As students develop their music reading skills, students learn how to perform those rhythms and melodies on various percussion instruments. Music students also listen, study and experience basic music vocabulary: beat, tempo, form, phrases, dynamics and tone color. At this level, we also study instruments and their families and famous composers and their music.
*Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Music:
Students in these grades continue to work on a light, in-tune singing voice through further experimentation of solfege and by understanding the idea that good musicians must listen carefully to themselves and to the whole ensemble. These older students begin learning the basics and importance of following a conductor in a performance setting. In addition, students continue identifying, reading and understanding music on the staff. At this level students must know the names of notes and rests and how many beats they receive and the solfege/letter names of pitches on the staff. Students will be challenged to apply their rhythmic and melodic knowledge to performing on various instruments. Understanding basic music terminology is highlighted throughout each grade level to help prepare students for success in the middle school music programs. Learning about specific composers (their lives and times) and their musical compositions is another focus.Lastly, these older students learn even more about playing these instruments and are challenged to identify instruments both visually and aurally.