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Music Connects

Our integrated curriculum connects music to core subjects and gives children the “big picture.” Knowledge and resources acquired from teacher training helps make your student’s experience more meaningful and comprehensive.

Dance: Students will create and improvise movement patterns and sequences; create shapes and movements using fast and slow tempos; create, memorize, and perform original expressive
movements for peers; use literature (or music) to inspire dance ideas; describe how choreographers create dance.

History, Geography & Social Science: Identify important historical figures; develop citizenship skills; understand historical contributions to the arts and our richly diverse community; Mariachi Mania connects to California State Standards, 4th grade, California Missions curriculum. Bluegrass and Bach connects to United States geography and American history.

Literature and Language Arts: Students will develop music vocabulary and comprehension skills; identify simple multi-meaning words; compare and contrast plots, settings, and characters; write a brief narrative based on the concert experience.

Math: Students collect numerical data and record, organize, display, and interpret the data on bar graphs and other representations; ask and answer simple questions related to data representations.

Music: Students will read, write, and perform simple rhythmic patterns; identify individual wind, string, brass and percussion instruments; identify how musical elements communicate ideas or moods; respond to a live performance with appropriate audience behavior; identify and discuss who composes and performs music.

Science: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful
investigations. Students will make predications based on observed patterns and not random guessing and compare and sort common objects according to two or more physical attributes (e.g., color, shape, texture, size, width); recognize sound is made by vibrating objects and can be described by its pitch and volume.

Visual Arts: Students will perceive and discuss differences in mood created by warm and cool colors; create a painting or drawing, using warm or cool colors expressively; explain how artists use their work to share experiences or communicate ideas; compare ideas expressed through their own works of art with ideas expressed in the work of others.

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