Our current music unit is "Different Musical Notes". The central idea is "Different musical notes can be put together to form melodies" and.the lines of inquiry are 'the qualities that make up a melody', the connections between pitch and rhythm' and 'the expression of oneself through composition'.
In K1 and K2 we are exploring high and low sounds through listening, singing and movement activities. One student favourite is the slide whistle game. While I slide the whistle higher and lower, the children copy the sound with their voices and move their bodies to high and low positions. This a great way to reinforce the difference between high and low sounds and lays a good foundation for the next steps in melody building.
In Grades 1 and 2 students are experiencing melodic intervals through singing solfege syllables (do, re, mi, so, la). By signing the notes and using the hand signs, students begin to internalise the relationship between different notes on the scale.
Grade 2 has been learning a Czech folk song and dance called "Mela Babka". They have been exploring the language, meter and relationship between melody and rhythm. Here is one of the Grade 2 classes practicing.