4th Grade

My goal is to provide a sample of the artistic journey we experience in music class. Please note that not everything we do will be posted!


With this song, the students are recognizing patterns and analyzing the form of music through dance.  We are working in groups of four students to perform a body percussion pattern in canon as we dance to the song.


silverSilver Birch Tree

This Russian Folk Song is perfect for teaching about minor songs.  In this activity, the students are learning about how to construct songs that have a gray or darker sound to them.  We talked about how the piece was created and also watched a performance of professional dancers adding movement to the song by floating around the stage.

ammaAma Lama

With this song, the students were focused on using a core rhythm in an advanced setting.  They had to perform a three-part background on percussion instruments while they sang the song.  We talked about harmony and how the percussion instruments could help us feel the new rhythm.

johnJohn Kanaka

We have been busy learning several rhythms that are new to fourth grade.  As we perform various songs, we look at how they are constructed by identifying the new rhythm.  In this activity, we worked on adding movement to the song by using body percussion (clap, snap, pat, stomp) to perform the rhythm as we sang the song.

sashaSasha (A Folk Song from Russia)

In this activity, the students are digesting the form of a folk song from Russia.  We are using movement to visualize how the music is organized.  And of course having a lot of fun while we do that!

Golden Bird (Traditional song from Thailand) 

The students have begun working on a traditional song from Thailand.  As we were setting up the instruments for today’s lesson they watched the video below.  Many students requested that I put a link to this video on the blog so they can view it at home!  The students asked a lot of interesting questions about the cultural differences they were hearing and seeing.


Today the students learned how to improvise and create a song on Orff instruments.  They used this performance to augment their learning with Who Has Seen the Wind.



image-1Pumpkin Patch

Today the students had to improvise motions in a group setting as they performed a poem to music.  It was VERY interesting to see all the motions they created in response to the music and poem!


Who Has Seen the Wind

Today the students learned what happens when you take a song and shift it down to low la.  It makes it MINOR!  The students described the sound as dark or gray and they are correct!  Here are the lyrics to the song:  Who has seen the wind, neither you nor I, but when trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by!


Rules for Orff Instruments

My fourth-grade students helped create a short video on how to properly use Orff instruments.  I think they did a pretty good job!


4thOrff Canon

The students have been working really hard learning to perform a piece in canon on Orff instruments.  We worked a lot of finding the patterns in the song and hearing when those patterns change.  They were so excited to finally perform the song perfectly!!!

The Machine
In this activity, 5thgradethe students were tasked with combining their movements with rhythms to interact with other students to create a movement style Rube Goldberg Machine.






Here are the big goals for the year!

1.       Teaching Strategy for syncopation (syncopa) is introduced
2.       Teaching strategy for la pentatonic scale
3.       Teaching strategy for dotted quarter followed by eighth note
4.       Teaching strategy for fa
5.       Teaching strategy for triple meter
6.       Teaching strategy for low ti (la pentachord and la hexachord)
7.       Teaching strategy for dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note (forwards and reverse)
8.       Teaching strategy for low so
9.       Partner Songs (2 part form in music)
10.     Explore rondo form and also the form of American folk music
11.     Explore the dynamic markings of pp, mp, mf, ff, crescendo, decrescendo
12.      Aurally identify orchestra instruments
13.      Explore representatives of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania composers
14.      Perform music in 6/8 meter (American folk music uses this meter frequently)

3 thoughts on “4th Grade

  1. Wow! Love the video! Great way to teach the students how to correctly handle and play the Orff! (I have never heard of the Orff!) Thanks for sharing!

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