January is an exciting time in music class for second graders. We will ease into the new year by reviewing the rhythms they learned prior to the holiday break. The second week in January the students will start the instrument unit! We will start by discussing the instrument families (with the help of posters in my classroom), and then we will shift our focus to learning the story of Peter and the Wolf, a musical fairy tale written by Sergei Prokofiev. Each of the seven characters in this story are portrayed by a different instrument, with a specific theme. This will help them learn about a few specific instruments, as well as learning about each of the four instrument families.
The second graders will also learn a new note. They already know beamed eighth notes, quarter notes, and quarter rests. They will learn about the half note, and how to read it, say it, play it, and build rhythms with it.