• Kindergarten: Pitch

  • Moving Melodies

    Aim: What is the shape of a melody? How does a melody move between high and low?
    Summary: Students sing and identify melodic contours.
    Standards: US 1, 6; NYC 1, 2 
    Modality: performing, responding, creating
    Materials: audio excerpts, student worksheet (Moving Melodies)
    Time Required: 20 minutes
    This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

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  • Instructions   |   Video   |   Assessment
  • MET K Instructions Pitch
    1. Practice singing high and low pitches through call and response and familiar classroom repertoire; practice tracing the shapes of the melodies with your finger in the air.
    2. Sing or play different musical excerpts with a variety of highs, lows, and melodic directions. Have students trace the melody in the air as they listen or sing along.

      Suggested listening selections:

      MET Kindergarten A4 TW Moving Melody
      Download Teacher Worksheet:
      Moving Melodies
    3. Look at the melodic shapes on the student worksheet. Have students trace each melodic line with their finger and sing the changes in high and low pitches.
      How does this line move between high and low?
      Can you sing what this shape might sound like?
      MET Kindergarten A4 SW Moving Melody
      Download Student Worksheet:
      Moving Melodies
  • MET K Video Pitch

  • Moving Melodies Video

    Summative Assessment Exemplar: Pitch