• Strands

    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 Three General Music

    The standards for Grade Three General Music enable students to continue building mastery in the areas of music literacy, including singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, and creating/composing music. Students also develop skills and understanding through the study of rhythm, musical form, and melodic notation. Students investigate the roles of music in various cultures and reflect on their personal motivations for making music.

    Music Theory/Literacy

    3.1   The student will read and notate music, including

    1. identifying written melodic movement as step, leap, or repeat;
    2. demonstrating the melodic shape (contour) of a written musical phrase;
    3. using traditional notation to write melodies on the treble staff;
    4. reading melodies of increasing complexity based on a pentatonic scale;
    5. dividing rhythms into measures;
    6. reading and notating rhythmic patterns that include sixteenth notes, single eighth notes, eighth rests, and dotted half notes; and
    7. explaining the functions of basic music symbols.


    3.2   The student will sing a varied repertoire of songs alone and with others, including

    1. singing in tune with a clear tone quality;
    2. singing melodies within the range of an octave;
    3. singing melodies written on the treble staff;
    4. singing with expression, using a wide range of tempos and dynamics;
    5. singing rounds, partner songs, and ostinatos in two-part ensembles; and
    6. maintaining proper posture for singing.

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

    1. playing music in two-part ensembles;
    2. playing melodies written on the treble staff;
    3. playing with expression, using a wide range of tempos and dynamics;
    4. accompanying songs and chants with I and V(V7) chords; and
    5. demonstrating proper playing techniques.

    3.4  The student will perform rhythmic patterns that include sixteenth notes, single eighth notes, eighth rests, and dotted half notes.

    3.5  The student will demonstrate understanding of meter by

    1. determining strong and weak beats; and
    2. performing sets of beats grouped in twos and threes.

    3.6  The student will respond to music with movement by

    1. illustrating sets of beats grouped in twos and threes;
    2. creating movement to illustrate rondo form;
    3. performing nonchoreographed and choreographed movements, including line and circle dances; and
    4. performing dances and other music activities from a variety of cultures.

    3.7  The student will create music by

    1. improvising rhythmic question-and-answer phrases;
    2. improvising accompaniments, including ostinatos; and
    3. composing pentatonic melodies, using traditional notation.

    Music History and Cultural Context

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

    1. recognizing four music compositions from four different periods of music history and identifying the composers; and
    2. listening to and describing examples of non-Western instruments.

    3.9   The student will demonstrate audience and participant behaviors appropriate for the purposes and settings in which music is performed.

    3.10  The student will describe the relationships between music and other fields of knowledge.

    Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique

    3.11  The student will analyze music by

    1. identifying and explaining examples of musical form;
    2. identifying instruments from the four orchestral families visually and aurally;
    3. listening to and describing basic music elements, using music terminology; and
    4. comparing and contrasting stylistic differences in music from various styles and cultures.

    3.12  The student will evaluate and critique music by describing music compositions and performances.

    3.13   The student will collaborate with others to create a musical presentation and acknowledge individual contributions as an integral part of the whole.


    3.14 The student will examine ways in which the music of a culture reflects its people’s attitudes and beliefs.

    3.15  The student will explain personal motivations for making music.

    3.16   The student will describe why music has quality and value.



Last Modified on June 14, 2018