Music Theory/Literacy

    Students will study and practice music theory through reading and writing music notation. They will use critical-thinking skills to analyze the manner in which music is organized.


    Students will demonstrate mastery of musical skills and concepts at levels of increasing difficulty. They will learn to participate in music as a musician through singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, and moving to music. Students will participate in all aspects of music performance, demonstrating appropriate use of related materials, equipment, methods, and technologies.

    Music History and Cultural Context

    Students will understand aspects of music history and ways in which music fits into culture. They will become familiar with the distinctive musical characteristics of music that delineate major historical periods of music and will identify the compositional techniques employed in many styles of music. Students will examine the interrelationships among current events, developing technologies, and music in society.

    Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique

    Students will listen to, respond to, reflect on, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and critique music. They will articulate objective evaluations of musical works by analyzing creative musical elements and production as a whole. Students will be guided in the development of criteria to be used for making informed artistic judgments about music as well as the other arts and for evaluating the roles of music in society. They will apply these processes when creating and evaluating their own musical works.


    Students will reflect on the sensory, emotional, and intellectual qualities of music. They will examine various cultural perspectives and factors that shape aesthetic responses to music. By experiencing and evaluating musical compositions and performances, students will have the opportunity to understand meaning in music and recognize the contribution music makes to the enrichment of the human experience.

    Grade One General Music

    The standards for Grade One General Music emphasize the language and production of music. Instruction focuses on the development of skills in singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, and responding to music. Emphasis is placed on performing simple rhythms and developing aural skills related to pitch, musical form, and instrument identification. Students investigate the purpose of music and how people participate in music in everyday life.

    Music Theory/Literacy

    1.1  The student will read and notate music, including

    1. high and low pitches, using traditional and nontraditional notation;
    2. rhythmic patterns that include quarter notes, paired eighth notes, and quarter rests, using traditional and nontraditional notation; and
    3. identification of basic music symbols.


    1.2   The student will demonstrate various uses of the voice, including

    1. singing high and low pitches;
    2. using the voice in speech and song; and
    3. demonstrating expressive qualities of music, including changes in dynamics and tempo.

    1.3  The student will sing a variety of songs alone and with others, including

    1. matching pitches, using the head voice; and
    2. singing three-pitch (sol, mi, la) songs, using echo and ensemble singing.

    1.4   The student will play a variety of pitched and nonpitched instruments alone and with others, including

    1. playing two-pitch melodies, using imitation;
    2. playing expressively with appropriate dynamics and tempo;
    3. accompanying songs and chants, using body percussion as well as instruments; and
    4. using proper playing techniques.

    1.5   The student will perform rhythmic patterns that include quarter notes, paired eighth notes, and quarter rests, using instruments, body percussion, and          voice.

    1.6    The student will demonstrate the difference between melodic rhythm and steady beat.

    1.7    The student will demonstrate melodic rhythm, using instruments, body percussion, and voice.

    1.8    The student will respond to music with movement, including

    1. using locomotor and nonlocomotor movements;
    2. demonstrating high and low pitches;
    3. demonstrating expressive qualities of music, including changes in dynamics and tempo;
    4. performing line and circle dances;
    5. performing dances and other music activities from a variety of cultures; and
    6. dramatizing songs, stories, and poems.

    1.9   The student will create music by

    1. improvising vocal responses to given melodic questions;
    2. improvising body percussion;
    3. improvising to enhance stories, songs, and poems; and
    4. composing simple rhythmic patterns, using traditional or nontraditional notation.

    Music History and Cultural Context

    1.10  The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music by

    1. recognizing how music is used in the customs and traditions of a variety of cultures;
    2. describing the roles of music and musicians;
    3. identifying musicians in the school, community, and media; and
    4. describing how people participate in music experiences.

    1.11  The student will identify behaviors appropriate to different types of events/situations (e.g., classical concert, rock concert, sporting event).

    1.12   The student will identify the relationships between music and other fields of knowledge.

    Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique

    1.13  The student will analyze music by

    1. identifying and classifying the timbres of pitched and nonpitched instruments by sounds;
    2. differentiating vocal and instrumental music;
    3. distinguishing between accompanied and unaccompanied vocal music; and
    4. recognizing differences in melodic and rhythmic patterns and dynamics.

    1.14  The student will identify elements of performances that he/she likes or dislikes and explain why.

    1.15   The student will demonstrate manners and teamwork that contribute to success in the music classroom.


    1.16   The student will explain the purposes of music in various settings.

    1.17    The student will describe personal ideas and emotions evoked by music.



Last Modified on August 19, 2019