In first grade, the students are introduced to the fundamentals of music with an emphasis on vocabulary. We discuss rhythm and beat, melody and pitch, song construction, accompaniment and various percussion instruments.
Rhythm is taught through large muscle movement such as dance and pantomime. Melody and pitch are taught through singing and the Glockenspiel (xylophone). Great emphasis is placed on getting the students to use their proper singing voice, as these are the crucial years in their musical development.
The composer that we discuss the most this year is John Phillip Sousa. His Marches really get the kids up and moving. Below is a link to a great CD of his music. I recommend you pick it up for your child. It's a great way to wake up in the morning!