Grade 1 Music

Grade 1 Music - Specific Expectations and Themes

By the end of Grade 1, students will:

September: Singing and Playing Music
C1.1 - sing songs in unison and play simple accompaniments for music from a wide variety of diverse cultures, styles, and historical periods (e.g., play a simple rhythmic ostinato on a drum or tambourine to accompany singing; match pitches in echo singing)

October: Expressing Reactions and Responses to Music
C2.1 - express initial reactions and personal responses to musical performances in a variety of ways (e.g., move like an animal of which the music reminds them)

November: Identifying Music in Their Own Lives
C3.1 - identify and describe musical experiences in their own lives (e.g., list the places and times within a day when they hear or perform music; describe various times when they sing, play, and move to music in school, at home, and in the community)

December: Describing Elements of Music
C2.2 - describe ways in which the elements of music are used for different purposes in the music they perform, listen to, and create (e.g., the tempo and dynamics of a lullaby, the beat and rhythm of a march, the sound quality of a trumpet in a fanfare)

January: Applying Elements of Music When Playing
C1.2 - apply the elements of music when singing, playing, and moving (e.g., duration: while singing a familiar song, clap the rhythm while others pat the beat, and on a signal switch roles)

February: Identifying Music From Different Cultures
C3.2 - identify a variety of musical pieces from different cultures through performing and/or listening to them (e.g., folk songs, songs for celebrations, ceremonial music from Canadian and world sources)

March: Creating Simple Musical Compositions
C1.3 - create compositions for a specific purpose and a familiar audience (e.g., use the notes “mi”, “so”, and “la” to create a melodic phrase that answers a sung question; use rhythm instruments, body percussion, or everyday objects to create an accompaniment to a story or song; use short rhythmic phrases in improvised answers to clapped questions)

April: Using Symbols for Sounds
C1.5 - demonstrate understanding that sounds can be represented by symbols (e.g., show rhythm and beat with manipulatives such as math cubes or Popsicle sticks; use devised, or invented, forms of musical notation, or simple forms of standard musical notation)

May: Using Tools and Techniques of Musicianship
C1.4 - use the tools and techniques of musicianship in musical performances (e.g., sing with relaxed but straight posture and controlled breathing; rehearse music to perform with others)

June: Identifying Strengths and Areas for Growth
C2.3 - identify and give examples of their strengths and areas for growth as musical performers, creators, interpreters, and audience members (e.g., singing in unison, providing constructive feedback and suggestions for a classmate’s or guest performer’s performance)