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Fine Arts - Secondary Curriculum Secondary Music - General, Theory/Composition - Level 1
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Core Standards of the Course

Strand: CREATE (L1.MG.CR.)
Students will conceptualize, generate, and organize artistic ideas and work. They will complete and refine musical works (Standards L1.MG.CR.1-6).

Standard L1.MG.CR.1:
Listen to and discuss a variety of musical styles and ideas, describing how various sounds can be used to represent experiences, moods, visual images and/or storylines.

Standard L1.MG.CR.2:
Improvise rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ideas and explain their connection to specific purpose and context.

Standard L1.MG.CR.3:
Generate rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic phrases and variations over harmonic accompaniments within specific tonalities, forms, and meters through both aural dictation and original ideas.

Standard L1.MG.CR.4:
Identify, select, and organize musical ideas for arrangement within a recognizable form, and explain intent and connection to purpose and context.

Standard L1.MG.CR.5:
Use standard and/or iconic notation and/or software based notation and/or recording technology to document original rhythmic, melodic, or harmonic ideas.

Standard L1.MG.CR.6:
Compose and refine original musical ideas, applying teacher-provided criteria of specific musical components.

Strand: PERFORM (L1.MG.P.)
Students will analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for performance. They will develop techniques and concepts to refine artistic work and express meaning through the presentation of musical works (Standards L1.MG.P.1-6).

Standard L1.MG.P.1:
Apply collaboratively developed criteria for selecting music for a specific purpose and/or context, and discuss and identify the reasons for the choices.

Standard L1.MG.P.2:
Identify, discuss, and interpret a musical work based on an understanding of the use of musical components such as form, harmonic structure, and genre.

Standard L1.MG.P.3:
Demonstrate an understanding of musical elements and notational literacy, including the following:

  1. Melody
  2. Harmonic structure, density, and tonal center
  3. Dynamics and expressive qualities
  4. Rhythm
  5. Tone/timbre
  6. Form

Standard L1.MG.P.4:
Demonstrate an understanding of various genres and styles of music.

Standard L1.MG.P.5:
Identify and implement strategies for improving the technical accuracy and expressive aspects of works.

Standard L1.MG.P.6:
Discuss how musical works are appropriate for a specific audience or context.

Strand: RESPOND (L11.MG.P.)
Students will perceive and analyze artistic work and process. They will interpret intent and meaning and apply criteria to evaluate artistic work and process (Standards L1.MG.R.1-6).

Standard L1.MG.R.1:
Identify the musical components within a piece and how they provide meaning for both listener and performer.

Standard L1.MG.R.2:
Apply teacher-provided criteria to select music that expresses a personal experience, mood, visual image or storyline in simple forms and describing the choices.

Standard L1.MG.R.3:
Identify and discuss the musical elements that are embedded within a work, and their use as musical elements and compositional techniques to convey the composer's intent.

Standard L1.MG.R.4:
Identify and describe, with guidance, the musical and structural elements that contribute to a quality musical work.

Standard L1.MG.R.5:
Identify and describe, with limited guidance, the technical and musical skills evident in a quality performance.

Standard L1.MG.R.6:
Use self-assessment to judge and improve the quality of one's musical performance.

Strand: CONNECT (L1.MG.CO.)
Students will synthesize and relate knowledge from personal and collaborative experience to make and receive art. They will relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding (Standards L1.MG.CO.1-5).

Standard L1.MG.CO.1:
Examine how music relates to personal development and enjoyment of life.

Standard L1.MG.CO.2:
Self-assess and document personal growth as a musician.

Standard L1.MG.CO.3:
Experience how music connects us to history, culture, heritage, community and to other academic subjects.

Standard L1.MG.CO.4:
Demonstrate, with limited guidance, an understanding of how musical works are influenced by the composer's heritage and experiences.

Standard L1.MG.CO.5:
Describe the given context and performance medium for presenting personal works and how they affect the final composition and presentation.

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 - Kelly  Bruce Glynn and see the Fine Arts - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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