Paul Road School General Music

  • Welcome to General Music at Paul Road School!


    Hello students and families! 

    Please click on the link below for your grade level for this week's Music Class. If possible, try setting aside the same time once a week for "Music Time!"

    Directions for Music Learning at Home: 

    1. Watch and participate with the entire music lesson video each week (DO THIS FIRST)

    2. Do the activities (DO THIS NEXT)

    3. Complete "What Did You Learn" (DO THIS LAST) to help Mrs. Wakeman, and your classroom teachers, to know what you are learning in music while you are at home! All of your teachers are keeping track of your learning at home.

    4. Complete your music lesson and activities each week as if you are school.  Its OK if you are a little late! If you missed a lesson, you can catch up! Just scroll down on your grade level page to find it!


    Updates are posted in your Music course through Schoology each week as new lessons are uploaded.  


    Please join me for Office Hours if you need help or have a question. 

    K-2 Office Hours Mondays 8:30-9:30 AM

    3-5 Office Hours Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 PM

    Access the Zoom meeting links through on Mrs. Wakeman's page in your Music course in Schoology.

    Want more?  Check out the Enrichment portion of your grade level page for a Flipgrid link and share your talents!

    Take care, and I hope to see you all soon! 


    Kindergarten       first grade      second grade at home learning        3rd grade       4th grade            5th grade




    Week of April 6, 2020:
     Kindergarten and Grade 1  Mr. Rogers meets a Brass Quintet
    Want more music activities to explore? 
    MusicPlay Online is offering free student accounts during the COVID-19 school closure.  Students can explore listening and music reading activities as well as many musical games by visiting MusicPlay Online. 
    You do not need to create an account. Simply follow these steps:




    This website is designed for Mrs. Wakeman's General Music students, Chorus students, and parents.  Click on the links to discover what we will learn in each grade.  Chorus singers and families can find more information - including sound files - by following the Chorus link. Follow us on TWITTER @Music_PaulRoad

    About General Music class:

    General music class for Grades K-5 meets once a week for 50 minutes.  Our UPK students have music for 35 minutes. 

    Why is Music Education important in the lives of children?

    The study of music is important in the development of skills needed for a well-rounded student, and therefore should be included in a comprehensive quality education for every student.  Students benefit from music in a myriad of ways, including: the development of musical talents and skills, character development, hand-eye coordination, and even emotional stimulation and stress-release, learning about other cultures, improvement of study skills, and relaxation or enjoyment at a school dance or other function.  Music is a form of communication that is an integral part of our modern culture that is experienced every day.  Through music education in our schools, we can study, experience, understand, and appreciate the music of the many different cultures in our own country and around the world. 


    Our curriculum concepts for general music include:  tone/timbre; pitch/melody/harmony; rhythm/beat; form, expressive elements; and culture.  A combination of approaches are used to incorporate our district's music curriculum into our classroom.  Orff Dalcroze and Kodaly are a few methodologies we use which provide differentiation to address individual student needs and interests.


    Every child can learn to sing well and in tune.  We begin developing the singing voice through voice exploration and learning simple songs.  When we sing, it helps us to "hear" the music in our heads and  feel the music in our bodies. From there we can go on to matching pitch patterns. We use solfege (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do) with hand signs to develop our singing, auditory, and music literacy skills.


    Music makes us want to move!  Movement is another way to feel the music.  In the early primary grades, we focus on steady beat as well as moving our bodies with flow through space.  As we develop, folk dances, body percussion, and creative movement are other ways that we use to move to and internalize music. 


    Music literacy (reading melodies and rhythms) is developed in our school through solfege and rhythmic reading activities. Understanding music vocabulary is also important to achieve music literacy.