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Dear Graham Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Parents:

Welcome to an exciting year of Musical Adventures!  All Kindergarten through Fifth grade students will be having music two times a week for a total of 50 minutes each week. I look forward to sharing many exciting adventures in music through singing, instrument performance, movement, and music theory with your student.

Each year the 2nd grade students present a Musical performance. Keep your eyes open for further details concerning these performances.  

Third through fifth grade students will be using recorders in music class. The recorders are a wonderful tool to strengthen musicianship abilities. A letter will go out explaining this each year. 

The Graham Chorus is an ensemble available to all 4th and 5th grade students. It is a wonderful chance to explore Choral Music. Information will be sent to parents through the student members.

During the school year if there is ever a problem or question you have regarding the music program here at Graham Elementary School, please feel free to contact me at: (630) 428-6928 or I look forward to seeing all of you and await the chance to explore music with your student.  Best wishes for a great school year!!!!

Musically yours,
Mrs. Muno
Music Instructor/Chorus Director




Concepts Covered in Each Grade:


  • steady beat
  • long/short rhythm
  • high and low
  • melodies moving up and down
  • distinguishing between speaking, singing, whispering, and calling voices
  • same/different form
  • question and answer
  • fast and slow
  • loud and soft


  • steady beat vs. the rhythm of the words
  • meter in two's and three's
  • quarter note, quarter rest, and eighth note
  • solfeggio so and mi
  • high, middle, and low
  • one part ostinato
  • simple bordun
  • percussion instruments
  • AA and AB form
  • getting faster and slower
  • expressive singing
  • space note, line note, staff, double bar line, and treble clef


  • strong and weak beat
  • meter ins two's, three's, and four's
  • half note and half rest
  • solfeggio la, so, and mi
  • string instruments
  • 2-part ostinati
  • verse/refrain and ABA form
  • dynamics forte and piano
  • getting louder and softer
  • stepping, repeating, and leaping notes
  • repeat sign and time signature


  • sixteenth notes, dotted half note, whole note, and whole rest
  • solfeggio la, so, mi, re, do
  • in-tune singing
  • 2-part cannon
  • 3-part ostinati
  • call/response
  • introduction
  • crescendo/decrescendo
  • legato/staccato
  • phrase
  • bar line, measure, ritardando, D.C. al fine, 1st and 2nd endings, tempo, and do clef


  • eighth note/sixteenth note patterns and dotted quarter notes
  • solfeggio high do, la, so, mi, re, do, low la, and low so
  • playing recorders
  • 4-part ostinati
  • partner songs
  • 3-part cannon
  • band/orchestra
  • instrument families
  • same/different
  • ABC and rondo form
  • dynamics ff-f-mf-mp-p-pp


  • dotted eighth-sixteenth notes
  • 6/8 meter
  • major and minor scale
  • playing recorders
  • 4-part cannon
  • orchestral instrument recognition
  • ensembles
  • theme and variations form
  • coda
  • awareness of different styles
  • sharp and flat signs
  • reading from a 2-part score


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