KG2 Music

Artistic development at ACS is guided by the National Core Arts Standards. In the Elementary division, these standards are taught in Drama and Dance, Music, and Visual Arts (Art) classes. The standards are divided into 4 key areas: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting.

The Tuneful, Beatful and Artful Musician: First Steps in Music Units 3, 4 & 5

Unit Sketch

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that…


  • Singing and playing an instrument are means of communication, capable of expressing feelings and emotions that surpass the spoken language.

  • Humans are born with an instrument for making music-the voice.

  • Playing an instrument allows a musician to express musical ideas that exceed the range, timbre, and dynamics of the voice.


  • The depth of musical knowledge one possesses impacts how, and to what degree, one analyzes, describes, and evaluates music.

  • The music to which one has been exposed influences one’s musical preferences.

  • People listen to music for a variety of reasons (e.g. to be energized, to gain focus, to enhance or alter a current emotional state, to entertain).

  • Listening to music evokes emotions, whether or not one has chosen to listen to it.


  • Music connects us to the past, present, and future.


Students will be able to...

  • Identify, demonstrate, and differentiate between the four different ways of using the voice— speaking, singing, shouting, and whispering.

  • Echo song fragments and rhymes.

  • Explore pitch using vocal sliding activities (glissandi).

  • Sing songs/say rhymes while maintaining a steady beat.

  • Hear sounds that are high and low, loud and soft, and fast and slow.

  • Listen and respond to teacher-performed “song tales.”

  • Make connections between music they hear in class and music/activities in their daily lives.


Unit Sketch

The movement themes of Rudolf Laban provide an ideal portfolio of movement possibilities. Through these activities children will develop body coordination as well as expressive sensitivity, especially when carefully coordinated with recorded music that complements the expressive quality of the movement.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Space, time, and energy are basic elements of movement to music.

  • Movement to music contributes to enjoyment, good health, and self-expression.


Students will be able to...

  • Perform/respond to music by using age appropriate movements and movement themes (based on suggested movement repertoire).

  • Perform a variety of age-appropriate folk dance movements and folk dances while singing.

  • Recognize patterns in movements and their connection to musical form.

  • Make connections between movements and dances to other disciplines (math, language arts, social studies, geography, P.E., art), cultures and their daily lives.