• About General Music Appreciation
    Grades K-5
    (School year: 2023-2024)
    Updates to this website will be made as we go further into our class. Please scroll through the page to see the latest content.

     Curriculum/Units of Study Overview:

    Throughout the course of a school year, these units of study are often blended together, because music is not JUST singing or playing instruments. It's songwriting, it's drumming, it's rhythm, rhyming, and it is important that I work through as many skills as possible in a single, 40-minute class. The students typically see me only once per week. 
    1. Foundations of Music - - students learn about and work with the basic elements of music, such as pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture, structure, pace, dynamics, and duration.
    2. Music's Family Tree - - learning about many different styles of music
    3. Tongue Twisters, Rhythm and Performance - - learning how to turn the written word into a musical performance using world drums, standard percussion instruments and body percussion 
    4. Intro to drumming - - learning how to play different types of world drums and standard percussion instruments
    5. Intro to composition - - exploring the varying ways to write/compose a piece of music
    6. Song lyrics/showmanship challenge - - learning about the elements of a song's performance
    7. History of radio and a radio play - - exploring the roots of our current technology
    8. What IS a musical? - - introduction to musical theater and stage production
    9. Listening to music and figuring out what makes a "good" song so "good" or just "trendy".
    10. Moving to music - -  students will move to a piece of music with varying degrees of structure.
    11. Playing the recorder - - specific to 3rd grade students, it's their first woodwind instrument! The pandemic stopped this unit of study until further notice.
    12. Playing the guitar and/or ukulele- - specific to 4th grade students, as it's their first string instrument!
    13. Playing the piano - - specific to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.
    14. Instrument exploration - - specific to 5th grade students as they find where in the world of music that they fit. 



    Grading Scale and Information:

    ONLY students in grades 3, 4 and 5 are graded for music class. We use the following district approved scale across all the Special Area classes:

    "O" for Outstanding (100-96)

    "S" for Satisfactory (95-60)

    "U" for Unsatisfactory (59-0)

    "I" for Incomplete - - this means that your student has work that needs to be completed and turned in. If your student receives this grade, please make sure you are in contact with me so that we can work through the process.


    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached through Class Dojo, phone, and email as stated below.

    EC phone number: 724-947-8150 x3241, and you can leave a message on my voicemail.

    My email address is: HBetschart@burgettstown.k12.pa.us 


Last Modified on February 16, 2024