Ms. Jaffrey/Music and Movement

The Learning Community Charter School

Music and Movement Curriculum

The  K-4th grade music and movement curriculum at the Learning Community Charter School adheres strictly to the New Jersey State Standards for music and dance education. Though content may vary from year to year, the skills the students develop through the years remain constant. By the end of fourth grade students will:

1) become aware of sounds, rhythms, and movements in their environment

2) be able to sing with proper vocal and breathing  technique, accurate pitch, rhythm, dynamics and tempo

3) be able to read music  

4) play the recorder and an array of percussion instruments with attention to tone, tempo, rhythm and dynamics  

5) express ideas and feelings through creative movement with attention to space, time, energy, direction, pattern and form

6) express ideas and feelings through original music compositions with attention to time signature, rhythm and tone notation, style, form and structure

7) listen to music or view dance critically and with sensitivity to detail and nuance,  and be able to give critique using appropriate and precise vocabulary

8) become aware of the wide range of US folk music

9) be aware of music and dance traditions from around the world  

10) compose original music pieces and choreograph original dance pieces based on particular ideas, themes  or feelings

11) become aware of the origins of particular US musical styles such as gospel, blues, jazz, rock and rap

12) work effectively in collaborative situations to create music or dance  

13) make great personal choices to maximize participation and potential  

14) develop the CIRCLE values through participation and performance

15) gain comfort confidence performing for an audience

16) reinforce science, social studies, English and math concepts through music and movement

16) use music and dance as a tools for relaxation, self-expression and social connection

The LCCS music and movement curriculum incorporates many music methodologies including Kodaly, Orff and Delcroze.  We use a developmental, child centered approach to helping students develop the skills needed to become engaged and active participants in music and movement exploration. By using solfege hand symbols,  students are made conscious of changes in pitch in a song. Rhythmic notation is taught in a sequential manner starting with quarter notes (ta) then moving to eighth notes (ti ti or ti ki) to sixteenth notes, dotted notes and rests. Students begin to explore time, direction, energy and space through a variety of creative movement activities. These games and activities not only build music and movement skills, but also build social and emotional skills. Students develop CIRCLE values and learn to collaborate effectively as they interact with one another.  Every year students are involved in multiple performances either for their peers in class or before the entire school. This helps students develop confidence presenting themselves before an audience. Students attend live performances and workshops by a wide range of professional musicians and dancers from Jersey City and surrounding areas. They use expressive vocabulary to critique and comment on all performances.

Much of the curriculum involves integration of music and dance with subjects taught in the classroom. This type of collaboration and connection helps students deepen their understanding of music and dance concepts and also reinforces concepts taught in their classrooms. By engaging all of their senses and collaborating with peers to create dances or songs based on units such as the water cycle, the life cycle of a frog, or butterfly, slavery or immigration, students are more likely to retain pertinent information.

Students are assessed on their level of participation, their ability to critique work they see or hear, their involvement in group discussions, their performance skills and their ability to display CIRCLE values when working with others.

Students are always welcome to share music or dance they are working on outside of school. Parents are also always welcome  and encouraged to come perform, participate or share some aspect of music or movement in our classroom or at a concert or sing-along.

Please take note:

Winter Concert Dates (please take note that there are now two separate winter concerts in the day time)