K-2 Music

Welcome to the K-2 Music page! I am so excited to continue our music learning following the teachings of Dr. John Feierabend and his early elementary curriculum, First Steps in Music.

ABOUT FIRST STEPS

Description of First Steps in Music from FAME:

The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in three ways:

  1. Tuneful – to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.

  2. Beatful – to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s.

  3. Artful – to be moved by music in the many ways music can elicit a feelingful response.

Children who learn to be tuneful, beatful and artful before they leave elementary school will grow to be adults who can benefit from what music can offer. Those that go on to sing in choirs or play an instrument will do so in a more musical manner. Those that do not choose to later sing in choirs or play an instrument will still be enriched by being able to share music in their daily lives.

The First Steps in Music curriculum is a musical workout that grows tuneful, beatful and artful individuals There are eight different activities in each workout.

Following are the 8 musical workout activities.

  1. Pitch Exploration (Vocal Warm-ups)

  2. Fragment Singing
        Echo Songs
        Call and Response Songs

  3. Simple Songs

  4. Arioso (Child created tunes)

  5. Songtales

  6. Movement Exploration (Movement Warm-ups)

  7. Movement for Form and Expression

  8. Movement with the Beat