Your third grader and music
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"Third graders love to participate in folk and traditional dances. It is often interesting to watch these students practicing their socialization skills as they attempt these dances that usually involve pairing up with someone else." — Paul Bakeman
By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff
Using the vocabulary
In a rich music program, third graders learn to use the vocabulary of music, using words such as pitch, meter, rhythm, tempo and melody. They also learn to understand how music communicates feelings. Your child will use words such as happy, sad, excited or scary to describe the emotions portrayed in music.
Third-grade students are able to develop recognition of musical notation. They begin to read music from the treble clef staff, identifying and writing individual pitches. "Third graders also practice drawing the treble clef symbol, staff and other musical symbols," Bakeman adds. "They can identify these symbols and explain their purpose and usage."
Studying famous musicians
Students should be 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. They learn that being a musician or composer can be a career choice.
What to Look for When You Visit
- Musical instruments, such as recorders, harmonicas, 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