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Band I
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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
Produce a beautiful tone.

  1. Produce an acceptable tone over a limited range of the instrument using proper embouchure, posture, hand position, and breath support or stick control.
  2. Describe the characteristics of a good embouchure (or grip and stroke for percussion).
  3. Explain and demonstrate the principles of proper breath support and teach this to other students.
  4. Consistently use proper posture, position, and embouchure (grip and stroke for percussion) with less and less prompting by the teacher.

Objective 2
Demonstrate technical performance skills.

  1. Demonstrate understanding of technique, tonal centers, key signatures, and scales in the concert keys of F, B-flat, E-flat, and A-flat by learning to play (slur and tongued), and write scales and related patterns in those keys as well as the chromatic scale throughout a comfortable range of the instrument.
  2. Play in musical phrases.
  3. Perform a range of dynamic contrasts and tempo changes.
  4. Describe tuning an instrument and tune the instrument to a given pitch.
  5. Define and utilize technical instrumental terminology.

Objective 3
Demonstrate notational literacy.

  1. “Count and finger” through unfamiliar exercises or pieces individually and with the ensemble.
  2. “Spell and finger” (say note names while fingering the notes) through unfamiliar short exercises or pieces individually and with the ensemble.
  3. Correctly explain all standard notation symbols in instrumental music.
  4. Perform simple unfamiliar short exercises and pieces observing all appropriate signs, symbols, and terms both individually and with various ensembles.

Objective 4
Demonstrate productive rehearsal habits.

  1. Examine and improve rehearsal skills through preparation, conscientious attendance, alertness, participation, and cooperation.
  2. Show patience, kindness, and respect to classmates and instructors.
  3. Take care of music department supplies, facilities, and equipment.

Objective 5
Demonstrate knowledge, use, and care of selected instruments.

  1. Identify and explain the names and functions of various parts of the instrument.
  2. Demonstrate the proper assembling of the instrument and care following playing.
  3. List responsibilities of instrument owner in care and maintenance, part replacement, and damage repair.

Objective 6
Perform varied repertoire.

  1. Perform in public and/or for adjudication band pieces in the style indicated.
  2. Identify and define standard notation terms and symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression.
  3. Follow the conductor.
  4. Prepare and perform accompanied solos.
  5. Exhibit satisfactory performance etiquette.


Standard 2
Students will improvise and compose music.

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Objective 1
Improvise rhythmic and melodic ideas and phrases.

  1. Play a simple rhythmic variation (e.g., dividing a quarter into two eighths, triplets, syncopation) on a simple scale fragment or familiar melodies.
  2. Play a simple melodic variation (e.g., trills, passing tones, neighboring tones, turns) on a simple scale fragment or familiar melodies.

Objective 2
Record musical thoughts in standard notation.

  1. Use the musical staff to notate and perform whole, half, quarter, eighth, and dotted notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, and alla breve meter signatures.
  2. Accurately count, clap, and play rhythms using the above notes, rests, and time signatures.
  3. Correctly write short dictated rhythms using the above notes, rests, and time signatures.

Objective 3
Write original melodies and short compositions.

  1. Finish partially written phrases.
  2. Write variations of a given phrase.
  3. Write a consequent phrase for a given antecedent phrase.


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

Objective 1
Analyze and evaluate musical examples.

  1. Describe, using the vocabulary of music, musical events as they occur in performance repertoire or in recorded examples.
  2. Analyze what the music is communicating and how.
  3. Make value judgments based on effectiveness of musical events and expressive effects.

Objective 2
Evaluate ensemble performances.

  1. List important criteria for determining the quality of a music performance.
  2. Evaluate, using this list, strengths and weaknesses in performance, and prepare suggestions for improvement.
  3. Demonstrate proper behavior while at a concert.
  4. Compare/contrast live musical performances with recordings.

Objective 3
Document personal growth as a musician.

  1. Using the criteria from Objective B, evaluate strengths and weaknesses in personal performance.
  2. Organize and maintain records of completed work; e.g., recordings, journal writings, sketch book, self/peer/teacher/adjudicator assessments.
  3. Select a piece of own completed work that most clearly 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.

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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