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Your second grader and music

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By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff

Learning notes

You can expect your child to learn to read and write simple rhythm patterns. "Second-graders can also begin to notate simple melodies," Bakeman explains. "For example, songs with a limited number of pitches (two or three works best) can be notated on a two- or three-line staff, showing high, middle and low pitches."

Studying famous musicians

In a rich music program, students are exposed to music of various styles, eras, genres and cultures. They learn about famous musicians of the past, such as Frédéric Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as contemporary musicians and those from various cultures.

What to Look for When You Visit

  • Musical instruments, such as drums, cymbals, triangles and rhythm sticks
  • Sound recordings from a wide variety of cultures, styles and eras
  • Music-related books
  • Puppets or other props used for singing or movement games

Comments from readers

"Please please please please try to refrain from exposing 2nd graders to rhythmic notation until they have a full understanding of rhythmic solfege."
"Lovwed this. I downloaded on Itunes every musical instrument solo then play it in the car and make my grandson identify the instrument. thanks Sandra"
"any music programs around to get involve in Fishers, Indiana group"
"Thank you for providing such an insightful summary of music in the classroom and the various ways in which our children are being stimulated and encouraged to learn. This summary actually supports my daily inquiry and conversations with my daughter about what she's learning in the classroom. Thanks, An Out of State Dad "