E-2 Curriculum

Singing is the heart of the curriculum in E-2.  Songs and activities are chosen for student enjoyment and to illustrate various musical concepts.

Singing in harmony is a focus in E-2.  We learn about harmony through rounds, ostinato, counter-melody, parallel harmony, unison and partner songs.  In addition to singing, we perform harmony on classroom xylophones.

E-2 students keep a music journal in a spiral-bound notebook.  Prompts range from writing 4 measures of rhythms in 4/4 time to describing music they are hearing using as much musical vocabulary as possible.  Writing is used to stimulate discussion of lesson content, allow students to show their understanding of musical concepts and give students opportunities to reflect on what they are learning in music class.

E-2 students also enjoy playing musical games.  Students demonstrate rhythmic prowess in passing games such as 'The Cup Game' and 'Ekpe, ekpe', a game from Ghana.  Singing games are one way students improve their in-tune singing skills.

Specific rhythmic and melodic concepts introduced and practiced in E-2 include:

Rhythm:  sixteenth note patterns, syncopation, 6/8 time and rhythmic patterns associated with 6/8

Melody: Extended pentatonic melodies (review from 3rd grade); major & minor scales,

Harmony: bordun, counter-melody, descant, melody, ostinato, round, chords

In addition to performing, improvising and composing music using our Orff instruments, E-2 students may learn to play the recorder and/or the autoharp depending on the year.  This is a rotating curriculum.