First Grade Music

The 1st Grade Music course is a delightful exploration of music education inspired by the Kodály philosophy. This course is designed to nurture a love for music through engaging activities that include singing, movement, and hands-on experiences.

Rooted in the belief that every child is inherently musical, students will embark on a musical journey that emphasizes joyful participation and the development of foundational musicianship skills. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to share their musical talents through a heartfelt devotional performance held annually.

Course Details

First Grade Music

Course Goals and Objectives:

1. **Singing and Vocal Development:**
   – Foster a love for singing by introducing a repertoire of age-appropriate folk songs, canons, and simple melodies.
   – Develop basic vocal techniques, including pitch matching, breath control, and expression.

2. **Kodály Methodology:**
   – Introduce the principles of the Kodály philosophy, emphasizing sequential learning and the integration of movement to enhance musical understanding.
   – Utilize solfege syllables (Do, Re, Mi, etc.) to develop pitch awareness and aural skills.

3. **Folk Music Exploration:**
   – Explore folk music from various cultures, connecting students to the diversity of global musical traditions.
   – Engage in interactive activities to understand the cultural context of selected songs.

4. **Rhythmic Training and Movement:**
   – Develop rhythmic awareness through rhythm games, body percussion, and movement activities.
   – Use movement as a means of internalizing musical concepts and fostering a kinesthetic connection to rhythm.

5. **Music Literacy and Notation:**
   – Introduce basic music notation, including rhythm patterns and simple melodic structures.
   – Begin building foundational music literacy skills through interactive exercises and creative projects.

6. **Creative Expression:**
   – Encourage creative expression through simple improvisation, call-and-response activities, and group music-making.
   – Provide opportunities for students to express themselves musically in a supportive environment.

7. **Listening Skills:**
   – Develop active listening skills by exposing students to a variety of musical styles and sounds.
   – Foster discussions on the emotions and stories conveyed through the music.

8. **Devotional Performance:**
   – Prepare for and participate in an annual devotional performance, creating a musical experience that reflects and celebrates themes of spirituality and community.
   – Explore sacred and devotional music, connecting music with personal and communal expressions of faith.

9. **Lifelong Love for Music:**
    – Instill a lifelong love for music by creating a positive and inclusive learning environment that celebrates each student’s unique musical journey.

Assessment and Grading:
– Assessment methods may include participation in singing and movement activities, individual and group performances, creative projects, written reflections, and evaluations of the devotional performance. Emphasis will be placed on joyful participation, musical growth, and the development of a strong musical foundation in accordance with the principles of the Kodály philosophy.

Mrs. Katy Francom

Katy Francom graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master of Music Education. Prior to this she graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She has completed three levels of Kodály certification through Intermuse Academy at BYU. In addition to three years of teaching elementary music in Loveland, Colorado, she has 25 years of experience teaching private piano and voice lessons, and she has been the director of seven ward choirs! Katy has four amazing grown children and a wonderful extended family. She loves to read, garden, hike, and sing at the piano.