Music Department

Welcome to the Fernwood Elementary Music Room

All full-time students at Fernwood receive 90 minutes of music instruction per week. 

 

Fernwood Music Teachers:

If you have questions about the Fernwood music curriculum or would like information on how you can support the music department please contact: 

Mrs. Berry - kberry@nsd.org
Mrs. Teter - cteter@nsd.org
Ms. Ordona - sordona@nsd.org

 

 

Music Room Quick Links

What Do You Do In Music Class?

Kindergarten

Kindergarten music is filled with lots of playing, singing and moving. We work on learning to keep a steady beat, singing simple melodies, telling the difference between high and low sounds, learning different vocal sounds (ie. Speaking, whisper, singing, etc. ) and playing short rhythmic patterns.

First Grade

First grade music is filled with lots of playing, singing, and moving. Your child will be learning about quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rest this year and differentiating between fast and slow music. They’ll also work on recognizing and playing high and low patterns, playing beginning mallet instruments and small percussion and noticing same and different in music.

Second Grade

Second grade music is filled with lots of playing, singing, and moving. We continue working on keeping a steady beat and learning more complex rhythms, singing songs with a verse and a chorus, identifying the form of a piece of music, and playing both mallet and small percussion instruments.

Third Grade

Third grade music continues to explore the five main music concepts: rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and tone color. Your students will broaden their rhythmic understanding with the playing and reading of rhythms that now include whole notes, whole rests, dotted-half notes, and sixteenth notes. Their vocal repertoire will continue to expand and they will continue to hone their mallet technique. Your child will begin to listen for phrases and rondo form in recorded music and to understand the difference between crescendo and decrescendo.

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade music continues to explore the five main music concepts: rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and tone color. Your students will broaden their rhythmic understanding with the playing and reading of rhythms that now include triplets, syncopation, and eighth rests. Their vocal repertoire will continue to expand and they will continue to hone their mallet technique. Your child will begin to listen for accelerando and ritardando (speeding up and slowing down) and will be introduced to and play their first wind instrument: the recorder! Your child is also able to join the elementary orchestra program, where they can learn to play a variety of string instruments. If you would like more information on the orchestra program, please visit the Fernwood Elementary music web page.

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade music continues to explore the five main music concepts: rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and tone color. Your students will broaden their rhythmic understanding with the playing and reading of more complex rhythms and will even get the opportunity to learn how to conduct in the meter of 4. Their vocal repertoire will continue to expand and they will begin to recognize harmonies within music including the I and the V chord. Your child will learn to listen for Theme and Variations in recorded music and to follow a piece that has first and second endings. One of the most exciting parts of 5th grade music is learning to play the guitar! Fernwood is fortunate to have a class set of guitars and the guitar unit is always a fun and challenging part of the year. Your child is also able to join the elementary band program, where they can learn to play a variety of band instruments. If you would like more information on the band program, please visit the Fernwood Elementary music web page.