North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Creative Expression

Goal: Children demonstrate appreciation for different forms of artistic expressions.

Skill Progression: Music

Age: 54-60 Months

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Sense of pitch, rhythm, and melody emerging

Situations for Observation of Skill

First teach the children basic signs for following the music director’s directions. (e.g., make the notes go higher; faster; louder; longer). During music time in the classroom, observe a small group of children following the adult’s manual directions as they sing a familiar song.

Elicitation Strategy

The director changes the pace, etc. of the song as it is sung. Note whether individual children understand how to go longer, louder, etc.

Behavior Observed

Children will quickly pick up on the meaning of the signs and be able to apply them to their singing (although maybe not well!)

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children of this age are capable of learning a great deal about the construction and performance of music. In classroom music classes, children should learn the basic elements of music and following musical directions. This may motivate them to go deeper into music.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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