General Music

These take a look at what a typical student at the end of an identified grade span would look like in terms of understanding and sophistication of thinking. These documents look at the big picture, not specific skills or content the student will encounter to gain this expertise.

Grades K-2: By the end of grade 2 students will sing simple songs, alone and in unison, with appropriate voice quality. Students will perform simple rhythms and melodic patterns, alone and with others, on instruments. Students will identify basic written notation and simple forms of music, both visually and aurally. Students will respond with purposeful movement in relation to the style and context of music. Students interpret and compare musical selections for mood, purpose, and style. Students will aurally and visually identify orchestral instruments and human voices. Students will demonstrate appropriate audience and performance etiquette.

Grades 3-5: By the end of grade 5 students will sing simple songs with appropriate voice quality, and with others in two parts in an ensemble. Students will identify and perform basic written notation on a variety of pitched and unpitched instruments. Students will perform independent instrumental parts while others sing or play contrasting parts. Students will use simple notation to record musical ideas through a variety of media. Students will demonstrate appropriate audience and performance etiquette and engage in critiques of musical performance. Students will study historical aspects of musical selections, musical composers, and connect music to other disciplines through a variety of avenues.

Grades 6-8: By the end of grade 8 students perform music at developmentally appropriate levels singing in to or more part of harmony; plays instrumental parts with good technique and style as well as composes and/or improvises using all levels of body percussion; distinguishes between melody and harmony while creating simple melodic lines; uses accurate vocabulary while creating, performing and communicating about music; uses movement effectively to interpret a variety of musical genres; reads music by manipulating pitches as a compositional device as well as using key signatures, scales and chords with developmentally appropriate melodies; makes informed musical judgments while listening to musical excerpts; expresses awareness of historical musical trends and their influence on contemporary music; recognizes effects of music are culturally unique; demonstrates knowledge of the influence of technology and other disciplines in the area of music.

Grades 9-12: By the end of grade 12 students evaluate performances at developmentally appropriate levels, discuss elements of this performance in relationship to history, current events or culture, distinguish between melody and harmony while creating simple melodic lines with created instruments; use accurate vocabulary while creating, performing and communicating about music; use movement effectively to interpret a variety of musical genres; understand music styles and form by listening and labeling in performance evaluation, express awareness of historical musical trends and their influence on contemporary music; recognize how the effects of music are culturally unique; demonstrate knowledge of the influence of technology and other disciplines in the area of music.
Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2020 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.