In the first two weeks of music, fifth graders will be reviewing how to read rhythms and how to read music notes. This will help prepare them for composing their own music. They will start with the review of reading rhythms and notes, then move on to playing songs on classroom instruments. Once this is complete, they will move on to composing their own music and playing it on classroom instruments. This whole process may take at least two to three months, but it is well worth it.
Another thing that fifth graders learn is how to sing canons (also referred to as rounds). Row, Row, Row Your Boat is a great example of a canon. The first song they will learn is commonly called the Canoe Round. It is a fun song that students enjoy, and it is a great introduction to canons.
I am excited to be a part of the culmination of your child's elementary school music journey.