• Goshen Elementary  

    General Music  

    First Grade 

    Curriculum map 


    Weeks Sept 8 – October 26:  Foundations of Music 

    • What is Rhythm?
    • Rhythm vs. Steady Beat
    • Duration (Long and Short Sounds)
    • Notation (Traditional/ Non Traditional
    • Note Values

    Weeks October 27 – December 22:  Music is Tuneful 

    • Vocal Timbre (whisper/talk/shout/sing)
    • Head Voice
    • Pitch (High/Low)
    • Melody
    • Playing Instruments

    Weeks January 5 – March 11:  Music is Expressive 

    • Dynamics (Loud/Quiet)
    • Tempo (Fast/Slow)
    • Movement (choreographed/non choreographed)
    • Melodic Direction (up and down)

    Weeks March 12 – May 25:  Musical Instruments and Form 

    • Timbre
    • Classroom Instruments
    • Percussion Instruments
    • Contrast in Music
    • Form
  • Music Georgia Standards of Excellence Georgia Department of Education May 3, 2018 

     General Music First Grade 53.00200  

    Course Description: Enhances previous course through more in-depth exploration of creating, performing, and responding to music, while connecting the world of music to other areas of learning and personal endeavors.  


    ESGM1.CR.1 Improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments 

    1. Improvise simple body percussion patterns.  
    2. Improvise using various sound sources (e.g. electronic sounds, found sounds, body percussion, classroom instruments).  

    ESGM1.CR.2 Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.  

    1. Create sound effects to accompany songs, poems, and stories.  
    2. Create simple rhythmic patterns (e.g. quarter notes, quarter rests, barred eighth notes).  
    3. Vary the text for familiar melodies, chants, and poems.  

    ESGM1.CR.3 Share creative work.  

    1. With limited guidance, share a final version of personal musical work.  


    ESGM1.PR.1 Sing a varied repertoire of music, alone and with others.  

    1. Sing accompanied and unaccompanied melodies in a limited range, using head voice.  
    2. Echo simple singing and speech patterns and perform call and response songs.  
    3. Sing multiple songs representing various genres, tonalities, meters, and cultures, including at least one song in a foreign language. 

     ESGM1.PR.2 Perform a varied repertoire of music on instruments, alone and with others.  

    1. Echo simple rhythmic patterns with appropriate technique using body percussion and classroom instruments.  
    2. Perform steady beat and simple rhythmic patterns with appropriate technique using body percussion and classroom instruments.  

     ESGM1.PR.3 Read and Notate music.  

    1. Read, notate, and identify quarter notes, quarter rests, and barred eighth notes using iconic or standard notation.  
    2. Read contour representations and simple melodic patterns within a reduced staff.  


    ESGM1.RE.1 Listen to, analyze, and describe music.  

    1. Distinguish between contrasts in music (e.g. pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, form).  
    2. Describe music using appropriate vocabulary (e.g. high/low, upward/downward, loud/soft, fast/slow, long/short, same/different).  
    3. Identify classroom and folk instruments by sight and sound.  
    4. Aurally distinguish between different voices (e.g. men, women, children).  

    ESGM1.RE.2 Evaluate music and music performances.  

    1. Evaluate music (e.g. learned, student-composed, improvised) and musical performances, by self and others, when given specific criteria.  
    2. Refine music and music performances by applying personal, peer, and teacher feedback.  
    3. Explain personal preferences for specific musical works using appropriate vocabulary.  

    ESGM1.RE.3 Move to a varied repertoire of music, alone and with others.  

    1. Respond to contrasts and events in music with locomotor movement (e.g. walk, run, hop, jump, gallop, skip) and non-locomotor movement (e.g. bend, twist, stretch, turn).  
    2. Perform choreographed and non-choreographed movements.  

    Connecting ESGM1.CN.1 Connect music to the other fine arts and disciplines outside the arts.         

    1. Describe connections between music and the other fine arts.  
    2. Describe connections between music and disciplines outside the fine arts.  

    ESGM1.CN.2 Connect music to history and culture.  

    1. Perform and respond to music from various historical periods and cultures.  
    2. Describe how sounds and music are used in daily lives.  
    3. Demonstrate performance etiquette and appropriate audience behavior