Middle Grades (2-3)

  • The program of Music at Buchanan-Verplanck offers the grade school student a variety of musical activities as an approach to the curriculum -- singing, movement, verbal response, careful listening, dramatizing, playing instruments, reading and analyzing written music, and even creating original compositions provide the basis for the introduction and reinforcement of key concepts which ensure and enhance the child's early musical education.

    The Music Program is divided into three levels: Lower-Grades (K-1), Middle-Grades (2-3), and Upper-Grades (4-5). In the Middle-Grades emphasis shifts to music structure, that is, how compositions are put together.  The students are encouraged to listen for and identify recurring rhythms, phrases, and melodies in an effort to compare these various elements and piece them into the overall organization of the music. With such building blocks of musical construction, students, alone or in groups finally create their own music in what turns out to be a variety of forms.

    Even though the focus of the curriculum shifts at each level, specific aspects of music are taught and maintained form kindergarten through Fifth Grade. These aspects include singing quality (group and/or solo), the expressive qualities of music (tempo, dynamics, mood), and performance skills, (reading, writing, concert skills). These and other aspects of music must be taught and nurtured year after year. Thus, even when the topic focus shifts, the educational core remains the same. Because fundamental concepts are reinforced each year, the program needs the active approach to music (singing, moving, etc.) to keep the learning process exciting and interesting.

    I feel that much of the learning that takes place in the classroom is a result of the teacher's enthusiasm in presenting the material to the students. When the students sense a sincerely positive attitude in the teacher, the avenues of learning become much wider.

    When children like you, they trust you.

    When they trust you, you have them.

    When you have them, you can teach them.

    Ms. Roberta Roberts