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"Recent research done at the University of California, Irvine, indicates that young children involved in consistent music instruction have a greater ability to grasp concepts that are also essential to the understanding of math and science." — Paul Bakeman
By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff
Learning the vocabulary
First-graders begin to learn and use the vocabulary of music, such as tempo, melody, echo, solo and beat. They also learn to understand how music communicates feelings. Your child can use words such as happy, sad, excited or scary to describe the emotions portrayed in music.
In a rich music program, first-graders develop recognition of musical notation. They learn to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
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