The first few months of first grade music class are all about reviewing and reinforcing steady beat, as well as the musical opposites we discovered last year in kindergarten (high vs. low, fast vs. slow, loud vs. soft). Later in the year we will learn about rhythm and be able to say and write our favorite rhymes and chants with their rhythm words and symbols. We will identify our high and low songs by their musical names: sol, la, and mi. We love to play singing games that involve moving around the room while singing our favorite songs. We've gotten pretty good at playing non-pitched percussion instruments like egg shakers, rhythm sticks, and drums, and in the spring we will begin exploring pitched percussion instruments like the xylophones and glockenspiels.
Our Favorite Songs, Rhymes, Stories, and Dances (Updated Feb 2018)
"The Hello Song"
"My Aunt Came Back"
"No More Pie"
"Bill Grogan's Goat"
"I Met a Bear"
"The Littlest Worm"
"High and Low Song"
"A Chicken & a Chicken"
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
"Had a Little Rooster"
Songs & Chants with Steady Beat Motions
"I Think Music's Neat"
"The Captain was a Duck"
Chants and Rhymes
"Queen, Queen Caroline"
Dances & Singing Games
"Bow Wow Wow"
"The Carpet Maker"
"See the Old Witch"
"Down in the Valley"
"Five Little Pumpkins"
Activities to Foster Musical Development in Your Child
-Diversify your playlist. Expose your child to many different types of music, like classical, kid-friendly pop, jazz, country, rock 'n roll, blues, etc.
-Sing to your child. Don't worry about singing in tune or sounding "good." Singing lullabies, childhood nursery rhymes, and other songs to your child will help develop aural listening skills and instill confidence in his/her own ability to sing.
-Ask your child to describe the music he/she is hearing. "Is this song fast or slow/loud or soft/happy-sounding or sad-sounding?" are great questions to ask your child while listening to music in your car or at a concert.
-Dance with your child. Even swaying to music can increase a child's awareness of steady beat and musical expression. Music is not just heard; it's also felt throughout the body.
-Attend a local concert. Richmond has many incredible musical groups, from the symphony orchestra to the men & women's chorus. Fort Lee also offers a variety of musical theater performances. Some of these concerts are offered at little or no cost.