Keyboard Curriculum

 

Kindergarten

  1. Recognize as well as play high and low pitches; black and white keys; patterns of the black and white keys.
  2. Play by rote, a three-note melody on the black keys
  3. Begin hand position instruction by moving numbered fingers as directed in a rounded hand position
  4. Play with a steady beat
  5. Echo play by rote, simple quarter and eighth note ostinatos and rhythms
  6. Use the technology of the keyboard to change voices and listen to a song

 

First Grade

All of the previous plus:

  1. Identify keys by letter name (C, D, E)
  2. Transition to white keys: play a three-note melody
  3. Use proper single fingering, do caterpillar walks up and down five keys (do to so)
  4. Read and play simple quarter and eighth note rhythms on a single pitch
  5. Continue the use of keyboard technology

 

Second Grade

All of the previous plus:

  1. Introduce music reading at appropriate skill level, using a variety of notation systems.
  2. Play a five-note song (C, D, E, F, G)
  3. Play five-note C Major scale in contrary motion using correct fingers (butterfly technique)
  4. Read and play simple quarter, eighth and half note rhythms
  5. Continue the use of keyboard technology

 

Third Grade

All of the previous plus:

  1. Read and play notated songs on the music staff
  2. Continue five-note C major scale. Introduce a five-note G major and D major scale in parallel motion using correct fingers
  3. Continue to read and play simple quarter, eighth and half note rhythms
  4. Continue to use technology of the keyboard to change voices and to accompany a simple melody
  5. Introduce improvisation on black keys

 

Fourth Grade

All of the previous plus:

  1. Continue to read and play notated songs on the music staff
  2. Review five-note C, G, and D major scales. Introduce eight-note C major scale (one hand)
  3. Introduce chords: use single-fingered chords to accompany a simple melody and explore chord progressions
  4. Continue to use technology of the keyboard to change voices and to accompany a simple melody
  5. Introduce rhythmic variations and continue improvisation

 

Fifth Grade

All of the previous plus:

  1. Continue to read and play notated songs on the music staff
  2. Continue eight-note scales for more advanced students
  3. Continue chords: introduce other scale for more advanced students
  4. Continue to use technology of the keyboard to change voices and to accompany a simple melody
  5. Introduce two handed improvisation

 

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