Music Appreciation Grades 7-12

This course is open to all students. Music will be examined in a variety of contexts: music fundamentals, music history, exposure to musical instruments, and listening.

    Performing and Creating
1-3, 5   a. Participate in classroom musical activities.
1-3   b. Sing and perform on an instrument a variety of simple compositions to demonstrate basic understanding of pitch, rhythm, and rudimentary notation.
7968c. Investigate careers in music fields.
    History and Culture
1-3   a. Explore general overview of music history: early music, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, American, 20th Century, and electronic music.
1   b. Attain knowledge of musical instruments and families.
 1-3  c. Classify unfamiliar but representative aural examples of music by genre or style and by historical period or culture and explain their classifications.
 1-3, 6  d. Identify sources of American music genres, trace their evolution, and cite well-known musicians associated with them.
 4, 6  e. Identify various roles musicians perform, cite representative individuals who have functioned in each role, and describe their activities and achievements.
    Evaluation Analysis
 1-3  a. Recognize music of various musical periods.
  1 b. Explore and understand the elements of sound/music.
  1-4 c. Recognize selected famous compositions/composers.
 2-41-4 d. Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres and cultures, by describing the uses of music elements and expressive devices.
1-3   e. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of technical music vocabulary.
1, 3 1, 4 f. Identify and explain compositional devices and techniques used to provide unity, variety, tension, and release.
  1-4 g. Develop specific criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, and arrangements.
  1-4 h. Evaluate a performance, composition, arrangement, or improvisation by comparing it to similar or exemplary models.

    Aesthetic Appreciation
   1, 2a. Recognize music as an art form.
  1-5 b. Develop a listening style.
1, 34, 7 1, 2c. Explain how elements, artistic processes, and organizational principles are used in similar ways in the various arts and cite examples.
1, 3, 61-31, 2 d. Compare two or more arts within a particular historical period or style and cite examples from various cultures.
   1-7e. Explain ways in which the principles and subject matter of various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated with those of music.

• Classroom activity participation
• Identify listening examples
• Progress reports
• Written exams