Q4W33-37 (3rd, 4th, 5th)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade Level3rd, 4th, and 5th
Week #33-34
Unit of InstructionClassical Composers
Standard(s) Taught

Sing songs with appropriate vocal technique and tone quality. 

Listen and identify various instrumental combinations. 

Listen and compare music from two different composers of the same period. 

Hypothesize a composer’s intent for composing a musical work. 

Read and sing/play melodies using standard notation. 

Rehears a song in “chunks” to aid in memorization. 

Perform on instruments alone and with others. 

Read from notation and play rhythms of various combinations in various meters. 


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will sing using their singing voices. 

Students will continue to work on and memorize their spring performance pieces. 

Students will learn about three classical composers and listen to some of their works.

Students will describe what they think of each composers’ pieces and share with the class. 

Students will play on recorders and xylophones with proper playing technique. 

Classroom Activities


  • Review Rockin’ Robin for Spring Show
  • Old MacDonald (3rd Grade)
  • Amazing Grace (4th Grade)
  • Ode to Joy (5th Grade) 


Review xylophone playing procedures

Begin working on “Two Three” (triplelets) 

Balafon – playing in parts, reading music (easy version: 3rd grade, complex version: 4th-5th) 

Spring Performance Pieces

  • Jukebox Time Machine
  • Splish Splash
  • She Loves You
  • Music, Music, Music!
  • Don’t Stop Believing 
  • Dancing Queen
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Sing, Sing, Sing!

– Work on singing voices, pitches, memorization, and movement 

Classical Composers: Mozart, Beethoveen, and Bach 

  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Quiz (for a grade) 
  • Have students listen to different pieces by these composers and write what instruments they hear, what they feel while they listen, etc. (grade) 
Assignments Due

Keep working on Spring Performance Pieces! 

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