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Pearsall Intermediate Music Literacy

Pearsall Intermediate has placed a priority on music literacy. All students will learn to read and write music, vocal and instrumental. Lessons are one hour every other week. Following our beginning lessons (5 total) in reading music notation, lessons are divided into two sections:
  • 1) Vocal (approx. 30 min.) - students learn to read music 
    • counting beats
    • chanting rhythm
    • singing pitches: solfeggio (Do, Re, Mi) and pitch numbers ( 1, 2, 3)
    • singing the lyrics
  • 2) Instrumental (approx. 30 min.) - students transfer vocal skills to fine motor skills 
    • keyboard
    • recorder
    • xylophones 

Music Centers

Recorder Center
Music centers are designed for differentiated instruction and allow students to move at their own pace. Research indicates reading music while playing an instrument increases brain neuron development thus we place a priority on instrument centers. Creative expression also develops brain development and students will enjoy composing their own music at the Composition Center. Additional centers include: Music History, Rhythm, Listening, Puzzles, and Games.
Xylophone CenterPerformance Certificates
Students earn performance certificates for each song they play successfully on any instrument. Performance certificates are worth 100 points each. Students should earn a minimum of two (2) performance certificates during each 6 weeks grading cycle. 
During the 2015-16 school year students earned 2,252 performance certificates
Check out this years totals by visiting our Performance Certificates Page. 


Whether you want to participate or wish to be entertained, parents are always welcome in the music room. Please view the schedule to determine the best time for your visit. 

Recent Posts

3rd grade - Review all music symbols - Read first song - Yanez 2018

Grade: 3rd - 6th lesson Duration: 1 hr Frequency: every two weeks Objective: identifying known music symbols and reading all formats for the song "Engine, Engine, Number Nine." Following five foundation lessons in music theory (symbols/meanings) students identify the music symbols and pitches for the first song they will read looking for patterns in beats, rhythms, pitches - pitches that skip or step on the staff. Cross-curriculum: mathematical concepts of division and multiplication for understanding how the notes and rests are named, and the number of beats and measures.

Reviewing pitches to "Long-Legged" sailor while only looking at the music format (no answers).

Students read song formats for each song, beats, rhythm, pitches, and then the lyrics. In the video we are reviewing the pitch names without the pitch names being shown as they are in the pitch formats. All the students see is the music. Students gain an understanding that if a line or space is skipped we skip a pitch.

Earning Performance Certificates - 4th grade

Students come to the teacher's station to earn Performance Certificates for recorder, xylophone, and keyboard.

Third Grade Review of Music Symbols

A review of all music symbols and their meanings after the Winter Break.

Ukulele Center Jam - 5th Grade

Using three new chords, students jam to Ed Sheeran's "Perfect".

Centers During Fifth Grade

Students are practicing instrument centers: keyboard, recorder, xylophone, and ukulele. Students follow spreadsheet on board to know which instrument and selection they are assigned. Performance Certificates are earned when the student comes to the teacher's area and performs their selection correctly.

Earning Keyboard Performace Certificate

Playing five finger keyboard exercise "Happy River" and reviewing previous five finger exercise "Burn Little Candles" with two hands.

Keyboard Certificate - Left Hand

Playing the five finger keyboard exercise "Lightly Row"with the left hand for a Performance Certificate.

Staff, F Clef, and G Clef

Students become the driving force, taking ownership of the lesson, as they discover from the known object, a notebook paper, the following music symbols: staff - high/low ledger line(s) middle c G clef - where to find the pitch g on the staff F clef - where to find the pitch f on the staff treble/high bass/low

Veteran's Day Assembly 2017

Fifth grade - "Texas Our Texas" Fourth Grade - "America" - "America the Beautiful" Gifted and Talented - "You're a Grand Old Flag" Introduction of Veterans Fourth Grade - "Life in the Army" Mr. Mendez's 5th grade class - "Over There" Reading Essays Fifth Grade - "Marines Hymn" - "Air Force Song" - "The Army Goes Rolling Along"

Finding the Singing Voice

Jess Buice helps 3rd grade students find their Singing Voice (head voice). Following the importance of sitting up to produce the best breath, students will experience the voice moving from their chest to their head. Beginning with a closed mouth, teeth, and tongue, students experience the sound (vibration) stopped by the closed tongue, stopped by the closed teeth, and then vibrating the slightly closed lips, producing a correct hum. The singing voice is found when students open the hum to produce a sung tone. - Jess Buice

Introducing the Symbols for Music Notes and Rests

Introduction to Music Literacy - Jess Buice, instructs 5th grade students as they discover the names of the notes and rests based on the amount of the measure each note occupies in 4/4 time.


Discovering the pitches of the major scale in music using pitch Syllable, Pitch Numbers, and Letter Names. Hearing the happy sound of a major scale and the sad sound of a minor scale. Jess Buice

Discovering the Staff

Discovering the staff by turning a page of notebook paper in to staff paper for high and low notes, Reinforcing the five lines and four spaces of the staff. - Jess Buice


Beginning with a clock, students discover that music also has time and is measured in groups using barlines which create measures and that the time of each song can be found at the beginning of the music. Jess Buice