Karen Sheppard ~ K-8 Faculty Curriculum Leader for Music
Music is a universal form of expression that involves singing, playing instruments, listening, movement, and learning about other cultures. In our K-8 music program, we want our students to make music individually and with others, to improvise and create music, to understand the unique vocabulary and notation of music, and to be acquainted with a wide variety of music and musical forms. In the early years, we emphasize basic skills and beginning performances. As students grow, they build on foundational skills and knowledge to increase their expertise and to make aesthetic connections with music based on critical listening and analysis.
The Lincoln music program is aligned with the ten national and state standards for music. The following description of Learning Expectations is organized in by grade level and also includes instrumental ensembles and choral ensembles. Each grade has key outcomes for all ten standards. Key outcomes represent the most important learning in a standard at a specific grade level and they provide a focus for assessing student progress. Many musical performances involve several standards at once and the assessment of one key outcome might well include other key outcomes. This curriculum is a living document, used by teachers to guide instruction and direct assessment. Key outcomes may be revised in the next school year based on the results we observe in student learning and consideration for what is most important to learn at a particular developmental level.
Click a grade to open the Learning Expectations for that grade.