Performing Arts

Grade 1
  • Finds singing voice and projects using head tones   
  • Sings a part independently
  • Recognizes minor tonality and reads rhythmic notation   
  • Moves in response to phrases and changes in tempo.

Grade 2
  • Recognizes pitch relationships, note values and rhythmic motives   
  • Creates and notates speech patterns with names
  • Performs unpitched instrument ostinatos, rhythmic and melodic imitation, and dance movements in the context of musical phrases.

Grade 3
  • Performs pitches on Orff instruments and varied repertoire on the soprano recorder   
  • Plays new melodies from notation
  • Performs in duple and triple meter in the keys of C, G, D, and Gm with specific articulation   
  • Discriminates between musical styles, rhythms, pitches, tone and colors Performs folk songs and dances, noting styles and historical significances.

Grade 4
  • Incorporates singing fundamentals including breathing, posture, tone, articulation and part-singing   
  • Accompanies on a variety of instruments
  • Enhances understanding of rhythm, tempo, and meter
  • Explores basics of music history   
  • Identifies musical words and symbols, and incorporates them into performance
  • Explores movement and theatrical skills.

Grade 5
  • Identifies pitch/melodic dictation    
  • Recognizes tempo, AABA form, rhythmic patterns, Renaissance vocal and instrumental style, vocal timbre, and families of instruments   
  • Distinguishes between pentatonic and major and minor scales
  • Performs two-part harmony, accompaniments on folk and Spanish instruments, and solo and ensemble singing.
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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