Your second grader and music
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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
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