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Core Standards of the Course


Standard 1
Students will use body, voice, and instruments as means of musical expression.

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Objective 1
Demonstrate technical performance skills.

  1. Illustrate how to use the expressive potential (pitch, volume, timbre, duration) of the voice and body to communicate an idea or a feeling.
  2. Demonstrate how to use the expressive potential (pitch, volume, timbre, duration) of selected instruments to communicate an idea or a feeling.

Objective 2
Perform varied repertoire.

  1. Read/sing/play traditional songs of various rhythms, textures, modes, harmonies, and forms.
  2. Read/sing/play excerpts of selected music in class and describe the expressive effects that can be used to create style and impact.


Standard 2
Students will improvise and compose music.

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Objective 1
Improvise rhythmic and melodic ideas and phrases.

  1. Improvise thematic melodies over ostinato patterns.
  2. Manipulate short phrases into a complete melody.
  3. Play a simple melodic variation.
  4. Analyze the differences between the experiences of imitating and improvising.

Objective 2
Create imitations of musical passages.

  1. Perform melodic, rhythmic, and chordal call/response, question/answer activities.
  2. Imitate rhythmic and thematic or melodic ideas in groups such as drum circles or by passing the musical idea from one person to the next.
  3. Create scale fragments or rhythmic motives for others to replicate.
  4. Compare experiences in imitating/creating rhythmic motives with imitating/creating melodic motives.


Standard 3
Students will expand music listening skills and use music vocabulary to analyze and evaluate music.

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Objective 1
Describe the elements of music.

  1. Explain or demonstrate the production and/or transmission of musical sound; e.g., strings, winds, percussion, reeds; acoustic vs. electronic; digital vs. analog; AM vs. FM radio bands; synthetic vs. sampling.
  2. Demonstrate how expressive qualities within music affect its ability to communicate; e.g., dynamics, tempo, timbre, pitch, stylistic effects.
  3. Explain how time is used to communicate meaning in various musical selections; e.g., beat, meter, rhythm, accent.
  4. Describe how a melody conveys a message.
  5. Illustrate how form communicates meaning in music; e.g., repetition, contrast, variation, introduction, coda, climactic sequences.

Objective 2
Analyze and evaluate musical examples.

  1. Describe music events/changes as they occur in performance repertoire or in recorded examples; e.g., tempo dynamics, instrumentation.
  2. Explain how music is constructed; e.g., identify the meter (time signature) and any changes; identify the key (find and play the key/home note); identify the form (AB, ABA, rondo, theme and variations, etc.).
  3. Compare and contrast styles from a variety of cultures and time periods in music listened to or performed.
  4. Describe the emotions and thoughts music communicates and how it does so.

Objective 3
Document personal growth as a musician.

  1. Keep a journal and/or write reflections on personal experiences in music.
  2. Select a piece of own completed work that illustrates progress and explain this choice to teacher and/or parents.

Discover Meaning

Standard 4
Students will find avenues of understanding and communication through connecting music to personal growth, the joy of living, traditions, culture, and history.

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Objective 1
Examine how music relates to personal development and enjoyment of life.

  1. Evaluate how the study of music expands the ability to communicate with and understand others.
  2. Tell how music can be a joyful part of daily activities.
  3. Describe how making music together helps develop skills and success in working with others.
  4. Describe how self and/or class have used music to be of service to someone.
  5. Explain how participation in music can become a lifetime pursuit and/or develop analytical and creative thinking skills.

Objective 2
Experience how music connects us to history, culture, heritage, and community.

  1. Demonstrate how people celebrate, mourn, create, communicate ideas, help others, express feelings, come together, and/or enjoy themselves through music.
  2. Perform and enjoy music related to various cultures, times, and places.
  3. Explain what the music experienced above means personally.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Cathy Jensen and see the Fine Arts - Music website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - DIANA SUDDRETH .  
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