Report Card Comments for Elementary Music (With Next Steps)

Hey elementary music teachers! Complete your student remarks faster using this list of music report card comments. 

Whether you teach kindergarten, fifth grade, or a level in-between, you’re sure to find phrases here to help you communicate your thoughts with parents.

Report Card Comments for Music 

Work Habits

  • _____ actively participates in music class almost all of the time.
  • _____ cooperates with peers and the teacher.
  • _____ transitions between musical activities without interrupting others. 
  • _____ frequently interrupts and/or disrupts others. 
  • _____ often struggles with keeping hands to himself. 
  • _____ consistently demonstrates kindness towards classmates.
  • _____ always follows classroom rules in music.
  • _____ rarely takes accountability for his actions.
  • _____ has a hard time paying attention for longer periods of time.
  • _____ strongly resists the urge to be distracted by others.
  • _____ respects instruments and other materials in music class.
  • _____ requires frequent teacher reminders. 
  • _____ puts forth much effort when learning new songs or instruments. 
  • _____ accepts consequences with understanding.
  • _____ distracts others often.
  • _____ requires frequent reminders to remain on task.
  • _____ is routinely prepared for music class. 
  • _____ has the potential to produce better work in music class but puts forth minimal effort.
  • _____ persist through music activities even when they are not too interesting to him/her.
  • It’s challenging for _____ to complete a music assignment if he isn’t supervised constantly.
  • _____ is inquisitive about musical concepts.
  • _____ has a difficult time working independently.
  • _____ listens attentively to what others (peers and the teacher) have to say.
  • _____ constantly asks questions that have been answered repeatedly and in detail.

Music Report Card Comments (Academics)

  • _____ sings along to a recorded song.
  • _____ claps on beat to a rhythm.
  • _____ demonstrates proficiency in (insert any musical skill or strategy).
  • _____ is still struggling with (insert any musical skill or strategy).
  • _____ reads, writes, and creates rhythmic patterns that use (insert type of musical note) notes. 
  • _____ is able to name many types of instruments.
  • _____ knows the difference between whispering, singing, and speaking.
  • _____ identifies simple patterns in musical performances.
  • _____ recognizes patterns in movement.
  • _____ can play or sing classroom instruments in groups or independently.
  • _____ identifies rhythm, beat, and simple melodies.
  • _____ keeps a steady beat while singing. 
  • _____ plays classroom instruments and sings songs of different styles and cultures. 
  • _____ demonstrates appropriate audience behavior during performances.
  • _____ names musical notes.
  • _____ uses basic music vocabulary in class discussions or in groups.
  • _____ reads, writes, and reproduces rhythmic patterns.
  • _____ sings in tune.
  • _____ demonstrates an understanding of basic harmony. 
  • _____ can create short, melodic patterns.
  • _____ explores new musical ideas using classroom instruments.
  • _____ identifies choral voices.
  • _____ categorizes a variety of musical sounds.
  • _____ uses musical symbols to refer to rhythms.
  • _____ can visually identify instruments.
  • _____ identifies and describes music from diverse cultures, genres, styles, and periods. 
  • _____ describes musical performances and compositions using specific music vocabulary. 
  • _____ performs dance. 
  • _____ explores new musical ideas using his/her singing voice.
  • _____ justifies musical preferences using music terminology. 
  • _____ shows an understanding of musical signs. 
  • _____ performs a varied selection of musical games and songs that represent diverse cultures. 
  • _____ is able to sing melodic patterns in tune. 
  • _____ understands that sounds can be represented by symbols. 
  • _____ applies the steps needed to learn a song. 
  • _____ demonstrates the ability to identify sounds of lower and higher pitches. 
  • _____ classifies instruments by listening to their sound.  
  • _____ applies steps to compose a song. 
  • _____ sings in unison.
  • _____ identities ways in which music is used in communities.
  • _____ uses good technique when learning to play an instrument.
  • _____ applies the elements of music when playing, singing, arranging, and/or composing music.
  • _____ performs and responds to music using grade-appropriate movements. 
  • _____ identifies the different ways that we use our voice: whispering, shouting, speaking, and singing.
  • _____ is able to describe at least (insert a numerical amount) examples of the elements of music being used to create a specific mood. 
  • _____ distinguishes between sounds that are low and high, soft and loud, and fast and slow. 
  • _____ responds to music through movement or dance. 
  • _____ makes connections between music heard in class and music heard in everyday life.

Next Steps Remarks for Music Class

  • About twice a week, assist _____ with clapping to a simple beat in order to improve his/her rhythm.
  • Let’s meet next week to discuss how we can help _____ work more collaboratively in music class.
  • Expose _____ to children’s television shows with a focus on music so that she increases her musical awareness and appreciation.
  •  _____ needs to practice her instrument more frequently.
  • Read more music books with _____ so that she/he can identify a wider variety of instruments.
  • I suggest that _____ implement a handful of study skills to guide him/her in learning the musical notes/signs. 
  • To heighten her appreciation, occasionally play and discuss music from different cultures while at home relaxing or in the car driving. 
  • In order for _____ to utilize new vocabulary learned, ask him/her a few times per week what he or she is learning in music class. Encourage him/her to use music terminology.
  • I’ll work with _____ 2 times per week to help him/her complete unfinished projects and assignments. 
  • Using the class notes, please review with _____ the steps required to compose a song. 
  • Encourage _____ to move or dance when listening to music. 
  • For the past few weeks, I’ve had to discuss with _____ several times the importance of not disturbing others in class. I appreciate you reinforcing this at home also. 
  • _____ had a great year in music class. She met all grade-level expectations. I am confident she will continue to soar musically next school year. (See lots more final report card comments here.) 

Music Comments for the Elementary Teacher Made Simple

Armed with these elementary student remarks focused on music class, you’re all set to finish your music report card comments in less time. 

If you’ve got challenging learners or need help figuring out what to say during conferences, see our comments for behavior and parent-teacher conferences


Reference: Texas TEKS for Music