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Third Grade Music Wheel Curriculum Overview 

Students will be participating in an exploratory wheel. The year will be divided into trimesters and the courses students will participate in are violin, recorder, and choir. 
The new music wheel allows third graders to broaden their musical experiences, and gives them a stronger reference for selecting their music pathway for fourth and fifth grade.

Fourth and fifth grade music will be a two-year program.

Students will remain in their chosen class for two years, giving them the opportunity to build their skills and achieve mastery.


Third Grade Music Program Logistics

Music class will continue to be one time per week for 45 minutes. Students will not need to select a music class in third grade, they will all participate in the same curriculum.
Students will rotate through the wheel with an assigned group. Music classes need to be divided into three equal size groups and remain in the same group for the entire year. Classroom teachers will determine the groups.

If three classrooms attend music during a 45 minute time slot, students rotate through the wheel with their homeroom class. 
If two classrooms of 24 students attend music during a time slot, the music classes divide into groups of 16, 16,  and 16 students. 
If one classroom of 24 students attends music during one time slot, the music classes divides into 8, 8, and 8 students. We suggest assigning a letter or number to the groups (i.e.- Group A, B, and C or Group 1, 2, and 3.)

The following are “switch” dates when groups rotate to the next class in the wheel:

Students need to wear name tags and bring folders to music class each week for the entire year. The school district will be providing these materials. Folders and name tags need to be stored in classrooms. Thank you in advance for finding a place in your rooms to organize these!
A $13 donation for the music program will be requested from all families at the beginning of the year. Donations can be submitted in Tim Nail’s mailbox.
Attached are the parent letter and donation form for your reference. We will make copies of these documents for you to send home with your students at the beginning of the school year. Office managers will be emailing these forms out to third grade families as well. 

Many thanks for your ongoing support of the music program! Please feel free to email us if any questions come up. 

Best regards,
The Music Team