Grade 4


Central idea:

Strengthening attitudes and skills is an ongoing conscious process


Key concepts:

Function, connection, reflection


Related concepts:

Attitudes, skills, process


Lines of inquiry:

– The rehearsal and performance process in music (function)

– How practicing and self-correction improves our musical instrument playing  (reflection)

– Why we need to read music in order to play an instrument well (connection)


Essential Questions:

  1. What strategies can we use to improve our recorder playing?
  2. How can a knowledge of music notation allow us to sight-read music more easily?
  3. What are the stages that musicians go through when rehearsing and performing?
  4. Why is the ability to learn more important than the ability to memorize?
  5. Why do we need to read music in order to play an instrument well?


Examples of different types of recorder performances







Recorder Orchestra


Recorder & Beatboxing


Grades 2 to 5 Production 


Central idea:

A work of art is the product of complex processes


Key concepts:

Form, function, reflection


Related concepts:

Design, inspiration, process


Lines of inquiry:

– The features of artistic expression (FORM)

– The role of the arts in a production (FUNCTION)

– Artists’ reflections shape the final product (REFLECTION)


Teacher questions:

Is reflection necessary?

Is a process needed when putting on a production?

How are the arts involved in the production process?

Do we need inspiration when developing scenes in a production?

What influences artists’ choices?