Second grade is an exciting time in music class! We introduce xylophones and metallophones as melodic instruments in second grade. These instruments help us identify more solfege syllables such as do, re, and high do'. We also use xylophones, along with other percussion instruments, to create repeating patterns called "ostinato" that allow us to accompany our favorite songs. In second grade, we discover our rhythm bricks and use these simple rhythmic patterns to compose our own songs and melodies. We learn new rhythms like half notes and whole notes, and include these in our drumming pieces. Second graders also engage in many movement activities such as singing games and dances.
Our Favorite Songs, Rhymes, Stories, and Dances (Updated Feb 2018)
"Froggy Went A-Courtin'"
"Rain, Rain, Go Away"
"Let Us Chase the Squirrel"
"Turn the World Around"
Chants & Rhymes
"Mama Caught a Flea"
"Bee, Bee, Bumblebee"
"Ghostie, Ghostie, BOO!"
Dances & Singing Games
"Jump Jim Joe"
"We are Dancing in the Forest"
"Down Came a Lady"
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.