Composing in 1st Grade

Composing in 1st Grade
Posted on 04/04/2016

By: Mr. Adam Epstein

First grade students have recently been composing using melodic and rhythmic patterns they know from music class. Here's a broad outline of the process we undertook to get to these compositions: 

  • Students gradually became conscious of these patterns through physical/kinesthetic, aural, and visual preparations.
  • Students practiced reading and writing these patterns in notation.
  • Students practiced creating original works based on these patterns in a form through improvisation and composition.

Student Composition by Jane Meek, grade 1