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Fifth Grade: 

Play, Sing, Listen, Create, Read and Notate, Improvise, Describe, Relate, Compose, Analyze, Evaluate

In the fifth grade students are intellectually and develop-mentally ready to put concepts into a more personal context. They begin to explore their own personal musical connections and how music impacts their life while also seeing world connections within the music they hear and perform.  At this level, the students study percussion and keyboard instruments.


  • Melody
  • Recorder playing
  • Basic elements
  • Solfege
  • Rhythm and Percussion around the world

Core Words:

  • Tone Color
  • Texture
  • Stylistic Elements


  • Keyboard, Percussion, Electronic Instruments (Individual, ensemble)
  • Personal Preferences in Music


  • Rhythmic and Melodic Independence
  • Tonal Center
  • Harmonic Patterns
  • Form
  • Movement


  •  Personal Response
  •  Style
  •  Genre
  •  Time and Place

Personal and World Connections in Music

  • Media
  • Technology
  • Society
  • Economics
  • Connecting Music with other arts

Instruments the students play in Fifth Grade

  • Jingle Bells
  • Rhythm Sticks
  • Woodblock
  • Resonator Bells
  • Tambourine
  • Drum
  • Cowbell
  • Triangle
  • Small Cymbals
  • Claves
  • Mallet Instruments (Metallophone, Glockenspiel, Alto Metallophone, Bass Xylophone, Tenor Xylophone)
  • Recorder


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