Scope and Sequence, Grade 5 Music

Year at a Glance – 5th Grade Music 


Units of Study: Each unit lasts between 3-5 weeks (some units overlap)


Theory Unit: Rhythmic Notation and Staff Reading

Transitioning from Ta-Ta and Ti-Ti to numeric counting

Time Signatures: 4/4 and 3/4 and 2/4 counting, Measures and Bar Lines

Quarter Notes, Half Notes, Whole Notes, Dotted Half Notes (week 1)

Eighth Notes, down beats vs. up beats, division of beats

Treble Clef reading, lines and spaces

Bass Clef reading overview, line and spaces

Leger Lines, Key Signatures, Sharps, Flats and Naturals

Kodaly Hand Signs in F, G, C and D


Vocal Unit: Vocal Production, Vocal Technique, Vocal Notation, Kodaly, Canons

Vocal Warm-ups, Breathing Techniques, Posture, Resonating Chambers

Reading on the Staff, Rhythmic Notation and Kodaly Hand Signs

Melody lines, 2 part singing, Harmony, Partner Songs, Canons

Independent singing, accompanied and a cappella singing

Pitch matching and correction, sharp and flat singing

Vowels, Consonants, Diction, Foreign Languages, Word Stresses

Dynamics, Phrasing, Styling – Seasonal songs, Texas History songs

Reading traditional Choral Literature vs Lyric Sheets or Melody Sheets


Instrumental Unit: Focus on Band and Orchestra Instruments

Identify all the instruments in the Band and Orchestra by sight and timbre

Discuss the Families of Instruments and how each instrument is classified

Play various instruments and discuss how each is made, played and the history of each as it has evolved throughout history.

Play in large and small ensembles and independently

Canons, 2-5 part songs, with Borduns and other accompaniment styles

Improvise and write short instrumental pieces

Orff Instruments - Seasonal Songs, Texas History songs, etc.




Creativity Units: Improvisation/Music Writing/Original Music Writing

Commercial Unit: Students work in small groups to write their own commercial complete with a musical jingle and typed script. They perform these and are recorded on an ipad. The best commercials will be shown during the Talent Show. Careers in music in television and movies is discussed, as well. (Done in small groups)


Musical Theater Unit: Students watch various clips from Musicals and discuss the many aspects of theater and the vocabulary involved in the theater, both in live and recorded shows. Careers in theater are discussed, as well. Students can write their own short plays with songs and under scoring music. (Done in small groups)


Music History Unit: Composer Studies/History of Music Overview

Discuss the various periods of music history (Baroque, Renaissance, Classical, Contemporary, etc) and listen and/or play examples of each. Also discuss various composers and historic information that make each era of musical development unique.

Students may choose their own composer to study that interests them and make a power point, poster, research paper and/or video presentation to the class.