Fourth Grade Music

The 4th Grade Music course is an engaging and immersive introduction to music education inspired by the Kodály philosophy. Rooted in the belief that every child is innately musical, this course is designed to foster a deep appreciation for music through singing, movement, and the exploration of fundamental musical concepts. In addition to embracing the Kodály approach, students will have the opportunity to showcase their musical growth through two choir performances and an annual devotional, creating a rich and meaningful musical experience.

Course Details

Fourth Grade Music

Course Goals and Objectives:

1. **Singing and Vocal Development:**
   – Cultivate a love for singing through a repertoire of age-appropriate folk songs, canons, and simple melodies.
   – Develop fundamental vocal techniques, including pitch accuracy, breath control, and expression.

2. **Kodály Methodology:**
   – Introduce the principles of the Kodály philosophy, focusing on sequential learning, aural training, and the integration of movement to enhance musical understanding.
   – Utilize solfege syllables (Do, Re, Mi, etc.) as a tool for developing pitch awareness.

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

4. **Rhythmic Training and Movement:**
   – Develop rhythmic awareness through rhythmic 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.
   – Build foundational music literacy skills through interactive exercises and creative projects.

6. **Creative Expression:**
   – Encourage creative expression through improvisation, composition, and group activities.
   – Provide opportunities for students to showcase their individual and collective creativity.

7. **Listening Skills:**
   – Develop active listening skills by exposing students to a variety of musical styles, genres, and historical periods.
   – Foster discussions on the emotional and cultural aspects of the music studied.

8. **Choir Performances:**
   – Prepare for and participate in two choir performances per academic year, allowing students to showcase their vocal abilities and ensemble skills.
   – Explore a variety of repertoire, including traditional, contemporary, and multicultural selections.

9. **Devotional Performance:**
    – Collaborate on an annual devotional performance, creating a reflective and spiritual musical experience.
    – Explore sacred and devotional music, connecting music with personal and communal expressions of faith.

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

Assessment and Grading:
– Assessment methods may include participation in singing and movement activities, individual and group performances, written reflections, creative projects, and evaluations of the choir performances and devotional. Emphasis will be placed on the application of Kodály principles, musical growth, and the development of a strong musical foundation in both vocal and spiritual dimensions.

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.