Coloma students in first through fourth grade have general music class once a week for most of the school year. They get to have music twice a week during one marking period of the year. Kindergarteners have music 2-3 times a week, depending on the marking period. Fifth graders who are not in beginning band also have general music once or twice a week.
Grading Policy for K-5 Music:
Each quarter, students will earn a grade for at least one musical skill/concept and for their positive contribution to learning. Together, these form the music grade. Positive contribution is graded using a rubric which can be seen by clicking on the assignment in Powerschool. Musical skills are developmental, and children are able to accomplish things like keeping a steady beat and pitch-matching at varying ages. We work on these skills constantly in the lower grade levels. For the older grade levels, concepts like reading rhythms and labeling pitches are best mastered when children take an active part in their musical learning every time they come to class. In addition, they should continue to review the concepts they've learned throughout the week, outside of their music class time. Kindergarten and junior kindergarten students will receive a grade of S (secure), D (developing), or B (beginning), while children in grades 1-5 receive O (outstanding), S (satisfactory), N (needs improvement), or U (unsatisfactory).
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's music grade or about anything else involving K-5 music, please feel free to contact me! :)