Music for Learning

Unit 1: The Elements of Music - Music is to Share
Years 1 and 2

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Unit 1: The Elements of Music – Music is to Share – Years 1 and 2 is a Music unit for Year 1 and 2 students. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum Content Description:
  • Use play, imagination, arts knowledge, processes and/or skills to discover possibilities and develop ideas (AC9AMUFD01).
Learning Objectives
In weeks 1-10, students learn:
  • that listening to and playing music is for everybody
  • that music is a fun activity to do with your friends and community
  • that making music includes singing, dancing, clapping, rhyming and playing musical instruments
  • the names of the five Good Listening Behaviours
  • how to use their Good Listening Behaviours to listen to music together
  • the difference between speaking and singing
  • that music is made of notes which can be high or low
  • that music is made up of rhythms that can be fast or slow
  • that music has a beat, which is like a pulse that always keeps going
  • to sing songs together with classmates
  • to clap together with classmates
  • to move in time with music
  • that everybody can make their own songs
  • that listening to music can help you to feel happy and safe
  • that different music can make you feel different emotions
  • to play simple rhythms with untuned percussion instruments
  • to play simple rhythms using clapping and body percussion
  • to communicate emotions using their singing and speaking voices.
Success Criteria
  • Listen to music in a group by using the five Good Listening Behaviours.
  • Articulate feelings and emotions experienced while listening to different pieces of music.
  • Respond to music through improvised movement.
  • Participate in group singing.
  • Improvise rhythmic patterns through clapping, stomping and body percussion.
  • Respond to music through visual mediums, such as drawing and painting.
  • Explore speaking and singing voices and use voices to communicate ideas and feelings.
Continuous Assessments
Continuous assessments are used to ascertain if the knowledge recently taught has been understood by the student. These include oral tasks administered to individual students or written tasks administered to the whole class for an entire lesson. Written tasks are completed in the Student Workbook.
Progress Test
A progress test in week five is used to assess whether the knowledge over the past half a term or five weeks has been mastered and retained by the student.
End-of-Unit Assessment
The end-of-unit assessment occurs at the end of the unit in week ten and consists of a series of marked questions to assess understanding of the material taught in the previous ten weeks and provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the unit.
Teachers assess students’ work using a Guide to Making Judgements (GTMJ).

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