Music and Us

Uintah Elementary Music and Us

Thank you for the time and energy you are spending to help our kids discover more about music.  Music is essential for our kids' education, and the work you are doing is appreciated enormously by all of the teachers, parents and students here at Uintah!  

Because your time is valuable, we've invested in the S.Q.U.I.L.T. Curriculum (see below).  This great little curriculum, designed for parents and classroom teachers, is based on "Sustained Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time", a music appreciation tool used by many music educators.  It is designed for anybody to use, even if you have little musical background.  Supplementary materials (posters, worksheets, etc.) can be found in the PTA cupboard in Room 230.

You should arrange with your classroom teacher to do a 20-40 minute lesson about once a month.  They can advise you how it works best in their classroom.  Luckily, all classes are equipped with smartboards and speakers, so if you email any materials to your teacher in advance, they should be able to project/play them for the class.

If you've taught Music and Us in previous years, you know what works. If this is your first time, it doesn't matter what your teaching experience is - you can do this!  Teachers have told me that these lessons are most effective when you use a variety of media and each student has a chance to participate.  Here's a sample outline; you can improvise from here! 
  • Start the lesson with a short attention getter such as a craft, game, or a short engaging video.  
  • Follow up with listening and learning, using the S.Q.U.I.L.T. curriculum. Depending on age level, students can dance or march, make or play instruments, draw, or journal while they listen.
  • End with an activity, journal, or trivia to cement what they've learned.  It's as easy as that! 
Lastly, I know many of you have volunteered in years past and have developed your own lessons.  While I encourage you to give the S.Q.U.I.L.T. curriculum a try, you are more than welcome to use whatever lessons have worked for you in the past. The point is bring music in the classroom in whatever way works best for you. Thank you!!

This curriculum is proprietary, and the license has been purchased by Uintah Elementary PTA.  Please email for for your copy: [email protected]  
We have permission to make photocopies or reprints for classroom use, but not to otherwise copy, share or distribute this curriculum. Thanks!

Here's a suggested lesson schedule:
(adjust as necessary)
Baroque - Kindergarten/4th Grade: 
Lesson 1: Canon in D - Pachelbel
Lesson 7: Toccata & Fugue in D Minor by JS Bach (good for Halloween!)
Lesson 2: Chaconne for Organ in g minor -Couperin
Lesson 3: The Prince of Denmark's March - Clarke
Lesson 6: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by JS Bach
Lesson 4: “Spring” - Antonio Vivaldi
Lesson 8: Air on the G String by JS Bach
Lesson 9: Hornpipe by Handel

Classical - 1st Grade:
Lesson 1: Surprise Symphony - Haydn
Lesson 2: Minuet - Boccherini
Lesson 3: Piano Sonatina - Clementi
Lesson 4: The Magic Flute - Mozart
Lesson 5: Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle - Mozart
Lesson 6: Flute & Harp Concerto - Mozart
Lesson 7: Symphony No. 5 - Beethoven
Lesson 8: Fur Elise - Beethoven
Lesson 9: Emperor Piano Concerto - Beethoven
Lesson 10: Symphony No. 4 - Schubert

Romantic - 2nd Grade:
Lesson 1: Impromptu in G flat – Schubert 
Lesson 5: Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner 
Lesson 8: “November”, from Seasons - Tchaikovsky
Lesson 3: Minute Waltz – Chopin
Lesson 4: Libestraum No. 3 – Liszt
Lesson 6: “La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto - Verdi 
Lesson 7: Symphony no, 4, Third Movement - Brahms 
Lesson 9: “Love Theme” from Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture - Tchaikovsky
Lesson 10: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Strauss

Modern - 3rd Grade:
Lesson 1: The Entertainer - Scott Joplin 
Lesson 10: Overture from Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber (good for Halloween!)
Lesson 2: Bolero - Maurice Ravel 
Lesson 3: Evening in the Village - Bela Bartok 
Lesson 5: I Got Rhythm - George & Ira Gershwin 
Lesson 6: Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian 
Lesson 7: Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copland 
Lesson 8: Mambo from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
Lesson 9: Superman March - John Williams

Ellen Schwede, Uintah Elementary PTA Music and Us coordinator.  [email protected]