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MUSIC CLASSES AT SACRED HEART SCHOOL ARE DESIGNED TO GIVE BASIC INSTRUCTION IN :

  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Music Appreciation
  • Dancing


The National Standards for Music Education for Grades Pre-K through 8th

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variation, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Arts: Music

Grade Level: All Levels

 

 

Arts: Music: PreK-2

 

Skills and Techniques

 

Standard 1: The student sings, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (MU.A.1.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. sings songs within a five-to-seven note range alone and maintains the tonal center. (MU.A.1.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. sings simple songs (e.g., folk, patriotic, nursery rhymes, rounds, and singing games) with appropriate tone, pitch, and rhythm, with and without accompaniment. (MU.A.1.1.2)

Benchmark: 3. sings a culturally diverse repertoire of songs (some from memory) with appropriate expression, dynamics, and phrasing. (MU.A.1.1.3)

 

Standard 2: The students performs on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (MU.A.2.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. performs independently simple patterns and melodies on rhythmic and melodic classroom instruments (e.g., percussion instruments and barred instruments) and maintains a steady tempo. (MU.A.2.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. performs expressively with appropriate dynamics and tempos on classroom and ethnic instruments. (MU.A.2.1.2)

 

Standard 3: The students reads and notates music. (MU.A.3.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. reads simple rhythmic and melodic notation, using traditional and nontraditional symbols. (MU.A.3.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. demonstrates pitch direction by using visual representation (e.g., steps and line drawings). (MU.A.3.1.2)

Benchmark: 3. writes the notation for simple rhythmic patterns that have been performed by someone else. (MU.A.3.1.3)

 

Creation and Communication

 

Standard 1: The student improvises melodies, variations, and accompaniments. (MU.B.1.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. improvises appropriate "musical answers"; (e.g., simple rhythmic variations) in the same style to given rhythmic phrases. (MU.B.1.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. improvises simple rhythmic and melodic patterns and accompaniments. (MU.B.1.1.2)

 

Standard 2: The student composes and arranges music within specific guidelines. (MU.B.2.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. creates simple accompaniments with classroom instruments. (MU.B.2.1.1)

 

Cultural and Historical Connections

 

Standard 1: The student understands music in relation to culture and history. (MU.C.1.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows music from several different genres and cultures (e.g., vocal and instrumental, African and Latin American). (MU.C.1.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. understands how rhythm and tone color are used in different types of music around the world. (MU.C.1.1.2)

Benchmark: 3. knows the general cultural and/or historical settings of various types of music (e.g., songs related to American celebrations and daily life). (MU.C.1.1.3)

 

Aesthetic and Critical Analysis

 

Standard 1: The student listens to, analyzes, and describes music. (MU.D.1.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows how to respond to selected characteristics of music (e.g., the melodic phrase is the same or different, the tempo is fast or slow, and the volume is loud or soft) through appropriate movement. (MU.D.1.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. identifies, upon hearing, familiar instruments and voice types (e.g., trumpet, piano, triangle, tambourine, child, or adult). (MU.D.1.1.2)

Benchmark: 3. knows simple music vocabulary (e.g., fast, slow, loud, and soft) to describe what is heard in a variety of musical styles. (MU.D.1.1.3)

Benchmark: 4. understands how music can communicate ideas suggesting events, feelings, moods, or images. (MU.D.1.1.4)

 

Standard 2: The student evaluates music and music performance. (MU.D.2.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. identifies simple criteria for the evaluation of performances and compositions. (MU.D.2.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. knows how to offer simple, constructive suggestions for the improvement of his or her own and others’ performances. (MU.D.2.1.2)

 

Applications to Life

 

Standard 1: The student understands the relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. (MU.E.1.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. understands how concepts within and between art forms are related (e.g., shape and line in music and art; and sequence and meter in music, theater, and dance). (MU.E.1.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. understands how music is related to other subjects (e.g., how vibrations, which are studied in science, produce musical sounds). (MU.E.1.1.2)

 

Standard 2: The student understands the relationship between music and the world beyond the school setting. (MU.E.2.1)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows how music is used in daily life (e.g., for entertainment or relaxation). (MU.E.2.1.1)

Benchmark: 2. knows appropriate audience behavior in a given music setting (e.g., religious service, symphony concert, and folk or pop concert). (MU.E.2.1.2)

Benchmark: 3. understands that musical preferences reflect one’s own experiences. (MU.E.2.1.3)

Benchmark: 4. understands the role of musicians (e.g., song leader, conductor, composer, and performer) in various musical settings and/or cultures. (MU.E.2.1.4)

 

Arts: Music: 3-5

 

Skills and Techniques

 

Standard 1: The student sings, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (MU.A.1.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. sings songs (e.g., descants, rounds, partner songs, two- and three-part songs) maintaining own part and using proper breathing techniques and a pleasing tone, with and without accompaniments. (MU.A.1.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. sings music (some from memory) representing various cultures, genres (e.g., march, work song, and lullaby), and styles (e.g., of various cultures and composers). (MU.A.1.2.2)

Benchmark: 3. uses appropriate expressive and stylistic devices (e.g., dynamics, tone quality, phrasing, articulation, interpretation). (MU.A.1.2.3)

Benchmark: 4. blends vocal timbres, matches dynamic levels, and responds to the cues of a conductor when singing as part of a group. (MU.A.1.2.4)

 

Standard 2: The students performs on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (MU.A.2.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. independently performs melodies and patterns with various rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic classroom instruments (e.g., recorders, keyboards, barred instruments, and autoharps) with appropriate instrumental techniques. (MU.A.2.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. performs a variety of music genres and styles expressively on classroom and ethnic instruments (e.g., pop, folk, Caribbean, Polynesian, and classical). (MU.A.2.2.2)

Benchmark: 3. performs on classroom instruments (independently and in groups) and responds to tempo, balance, and blend cues of a conductor. (MU.A.2.2.3)

Benchmark: 4. performs simple music phrases by ear. (MU.A.2.2.4)

 

Standard 3: The students reads and notates music. (MU.A.3.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. sight reads simple melodies from standard notation on the treble clef; 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters; and various major keys. (MU.A.3.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. accurately interprets music symbols and terms for dynamics, tempos, articulation, and expression when performing. (MU.A.3.2.2)

Benchmark: 3. writes notation for simple melodic patterns that have been performed by someone else. (MU.A.3.2.3)

 

Creation and Communication

 

Standard 1: The student improvises melodies, variations, and accompaniments. (MU.B.1.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. improvises "musical answers"; (e.g., rhythmic variations and melodic embellishments) in the same style to given rhythmic and melodic phrases. (MU.B.1.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. improvises through singing and playing simple rhythmic and melodic ostinato (e.g., repetitive short music patterns) and variations on familiar melodies. (MU.B.1.2.2)

 

Standard 2: The student composes and arranges music within specific guidelines. (MU.B.2.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows how to compose short songs and instrumental pieces within specified guidelines and with a variety of traditional and nontraditional sound sources (e.g., voices, instruments, drum machine, paper tearing, foot tapping, and finger snapping) to express an idea or feeling. (MU.B.2.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. understands how composed music communicates text, ideas, meanings, and emotion. (MU.B.2.2.2)

 

Cultural and Historical Connections

 

Standard 1: The student understands music in relation to culture and history. (MU.C.1.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows music and composers that represent various historical periods and cultures (e.g., orchestral and band, Baroque and Handel, Villa-Lobos and mariachi). (MU.C.1.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. describes how basic elements of music (e.g., rhythm, melody, timbre, texture, and dynamics) are used in different types of music around the world. (MU.C.1.2.2)

Benchmark: 3. understands the roles that regions, events, and historical contexts have in generating various types of music (e.g., Appalachian, zydeco, and salsa). (MU.C.1.2.3)

Benchmark: 4. knows representative composers and well-known musicians (e.g., Sousa, Foster, Copland, and Louis Armstrong) who influenced various types of American music. (MU.C.1.2.4)

 

Aesthetic and Critical Analysis

 

Standard 1: The student listens to, analyzes, and describes music. (MU.D.1.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows how to analyze simple songs in regard to rhythm, melodic movement, and basic forms (e.g., ABA, verse, and refrain). (MU.D.1.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. identifies instruments and their "families"; (e.g., violin as a string instrument, flute as a woodwind) and performance groups (e.g., band, chorus, or string quartet). (MU.D.1.2.2)

Benchmark: 3. uses perceptual skills and appropriate terminology to describe aural examples of diverse music. (MU.D.1.2.3)

 

Standard 2: The student evaluates music and music performance. (MU.D.2.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows how to devise simple criteria to evaluate performances and compositions. (MU.D.2.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. uses specific criteria to identify strengths and weaknesses and to make suggestions for changes in his or her own and in others’ performances. (MU.D.2.2.2)

 

Applications to Life

 

Standard 1: The student understands the relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. (MU.E.1.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows similarities and differences in artistic vocabulary. (MU.E.1.2.1)

Benchmark: 2. understands the relationship between music and other subjects (e.g., between folk songs and historical events). (MU.E.1.2.2)

 

Standard 2: The student understands the relationship between music and the world beyond the school setting. (MU.E.2.2)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows multiple uses of music in the media (e.g., to create a dramatic atmosphere or for advertising or entertainment). (MU.E.2.2.1)

 

Arts: Music: 6-8

 

Skills and Techniques

 

Standard 1: The student sings, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (MU.A.1.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. sings choral works (appropriate for the changing male and female voice) with three- and four-part harmonies, with and without accompaniment. (MU.A.1.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. sings, with appropriate expression, a repertoire of music literature from various styles and historical periods. (MU.A.1.3.2)

Benchmark: 3. performs in choral ensembles with appropriate blend of tones, balance of sections, and response to the cues of a conductor. (MU.A.1.3.3)

 

Standard 2: The students performs on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (MU.A.2.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. performs on at least one instrument (alone and in groups) with proper techniques (e.g., embouchure, posture, or bow control). (MU.A.2.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. performs, as a member of a music ensemble, with expression, easy to moderate music literature from diverse genres and styles (e.g., Renaissance, Baroque, folk, and patriotic). (MU.A.2.3.2)

Benchmark: 3. performs with basic ensemble skills (e.g., blends instrumental timbres, matches dynamic levels, and responds to the cues of a director). (MU.A.2.3.3)

 

Standard 3: The students reads and notates music. (MU.A.3.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. sight reads music in bass and/or treble clefs written in simple and compound meters. (MU.A.3.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. uses notation and symbols to organize musical ideas. (MU.A.3.3.2)

Benchmark: 3. writes notation for rhythmic and melodic phrases that have been performed by someone else. (MU.A.3.3.3)

 

Creation and Communication

 

Standard 1: The student improvises melodies, variations, and accompaniments. (MU.B.1.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. improvises simple harmonic accompaniments for a given melody. (MU.B.1.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. improvises short melodies over given rhythmic accompaniment. (MU.B.1.3.2)

 

Standard 2: The student composes and arranges music within specific guidelines. (MU.B.2.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. uses basic principles of composition to create short pieces for voice and/or instruments using both traditional and non traditional sound sources that express an idea or a feeling. (MU.B.2.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. arranges simple pieces for voices or instruments other than those for which the pieces were written. (MU.B.2.3.2)

Benchmark: 3. composes short pieces with others that express an idea or a feeling. (MU.B.2.3.3)

 

Cultural and Historical Connections

 

Standard 1: The student understands music in relation to culture and history. (MU.C.1.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. knows the main characteristics of the music of various cultures, historical periods, genres, and composers. (MU.C.1.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. knows representative examples of various American music genres. (MU.C.1.3.2)

Benchmark: 3. knows the important composers and well-known musicians and performance ensembles that influenced American music genres (e.g., Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, George Gershwin, Chuck Berry, and Scott Joplin). (MU.C.1.3.3)

 

Aesthetic and Critical Analysis

 

Standard 1: The student listens to, analyzes, and describes music. (MU.D.1.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. identifies major musical themes or patterns which outline the form of a composition. (MU.D.1.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. knows basic music principles and structures (e.g., tonality, melody, and harmony) used to analyze music. (MU.D.1.3.2)

Benchmark: 3. understands how the elements of music are manipulated to contribute to the expressive quality of music. (MU.D.1.3.3)

 

Standard 2: The student evaluates music and music performance. (MU.D.2.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. creates criteria, with exemplary models, to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of music performance. (MU.D.2.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. uses specific criteria, appropriate to the style of music, to evaluate one’s own performance and the performance of others. (MU.D.2.3.2)

 

Applications to Life

 

Standard 1: The student understands the relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. (MU.E.1.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. understands the relationships between music and other subjects and how each expresses events, emotions, and ideas (e.g., sadness, as expressed in music: dirge; in dance: ending of Swan Lake; and in visual art: Pieta). (MU.E.1.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. understands how the elements of music connect to other subject areas (e.g., how acoustics connect to science). (MU.E.1.3.2)

 

Standard 2: The student understands the relationship between music and the world beyond the school setting. (MU.E.2.3)

 

Benchmark: 1. understands the influence of daily music experiences (e.g., television and radio commercials and background music in public places) in one’s personal life. (MU.E.2.3.1)

Benchmark: 2. uses informed consumer choices concerning music (e.g., appreciation for certain selections, performers, composers based on one’s own criteria). (MU.E.2.3.2)

Benchmark: 3. understands the role of music, musicians, and performance practices in various cultures. (MU.E.2.3.3)

Benchmark: 4. understands the uniqueness of music and its importance in society (e.g., public and private rituals). (MU.E.2.3.4)

 

 

 

 
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