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Learn Music With Teacher Debbie: Third Grade General Music Class, Part 1

In this 8-week course, third graders will learn musical skills and literacy by singing, clapping, listening, moving, playing notation games, and learning about instruments in the orchestra.
Debbie VanAtter
106 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn vocabulary words, antonyms, practice simple poetry, and learn basic music concepts.  The music concepts students learn will be gained through participation.  We will learn steady beat, accented beats, high and low pitches, short and long sounds, fast and slow tempo, loud and soft volume, and gradual changes to volume and tempo.  We will learn that melodies go up and down and that phrases can be alike and unalike.  Learners will begin to recognize whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes by sight and clapping.  Students will begin to learn music notation and solfege.  Students will practice echo singing and basic movement.  Learners will also learn to move responsively to music and sing unaccompanied by instruments.  

Students will be able to identify many instruments in the brass family by sight and sound at the end of eight weeks.  Students will also be familiar with the iconic pieces of music listed under "Class Experience."  Learners will express opinions about what they hear.  Students will increasingly use composers' names, information, and correct terms.  Students will be able to recognize basic musical notation, the C scale, solfege syllables, and the musical terms for several common dynamics.
I am a certified music teacher.  I am certified to teach all grades.  I have years of experience teaching music and literacy to third graders.
Parents and learners should expect to practice the songs as much as necessary to make them permanent in their memory.  The songs will be reviewed in our classes during this course.  Students can practice identifying instruments learned by reviewing the class slides.  Learners can also listen to the music at home if they wish to review it and be more ready to recognize it by name.  A document created by the teacher will list the music terms and definitions as well as short composer biographies.  The document will grow each week.  Parents and students will be able to access this document in the Outschool classroom.
The assessment rubric and lyrics document will be provided before the class. After class, students will be able to access the class video for further practice. Weekly, each parent will receive a completed rubric showing the level of mastery their learner showed in each skill. Learners will need to print any materials provided by the teacher weekly. A message will be posted in the Outschool classroom weekly to remind parents what to print before class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Literacy concepts will not be assessed, because they will be taught formatively as a means of gaining musical skills, concepts, and enjoyment.  Learner progress in music will be assessed by rubric and observation.  Students will need to have their cameras and microphones on and to remain focused during class.  Parental supervision is recommended.
Students will receive a certificate of completion for their portfolio.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
There is no mature or sensitive material included in this class.
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Song lyrics are in the public domain, and sourced by Google search
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Debbie VanAtter
Lives in the United States
Music Teacher, Drama Teacher, ESL Teacher, and Reading/Math One-to-One Teacher for Dyslexia
106 total reviews
108 completed classes

About Me

     I am excited to teach classes to motivated learners on Outschool!  I have taught pretty much everything from phonics and telling time to calculus as a substitute teacher.  My highest passion is teaching music, so I became a certified... 
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