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

Strand: CREATE (A.MG.CR.)
Students will conceptualize, generate, and organize artistic ideas and work. They will complete and refine musical work (Standards A.MG.CR.1–8).

Standard A.MG.CR.1:
Describe and demonstrate multiple ways in which sounds and musical ideas can be used to represent experiences and abstract ideas.

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

Standard A.MG.CR.3:
Generate rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic phrases and variations with harmonic accompaniments within expanded tonalities, forms, and meters through both aural dictation and original ideas that convey expressive intent.

Standard A.MG.CR.4:
Assemble and organize musical ideas to create initial expressive statements, explaining connections to purpose or abstract ideas.

Standard A.MG.CR.5:
Use standard notation and software-based notation, as well as recording technology, to document original rhythmic, melodic, or harmonic ideas.

Standard A.MG.CR.6:
Analyze and demonstrate the development of musical ideas within a variety of forms.

Standard A.MG.CR.7:
Identify, explain, and apply personally developed criteria to assess, revise, and refine the technical and expressive aspects that led to the final version of a musical work.

Standard A.MG.CR.8:
Describe a variety of possible contexts and mediums for presenting personal musical works, and explain the impact on the success of the presentation.

Strand: PERFORM (A.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 A.MG.P.1–8).

Apply personally developed criteria to select music for a specific purpose and/or context, and identify and explain the reasons for the choices.

Standard A.MG.P.2:
Identify the various elements and structural components of a musical work.

Standard A.MG.P.3:
Analyze how the elements of music and compositional techniques relate to the style, function, and context, and their musical implications for rehearsal and performance.

Standard A.MG.P.4:
Interpret a work based on an understanding of the use of musical elements, and explain and justify how the choices reflect the creator’s intent.

Standard A.MG.P.5:
Demonstrate an understanding of music elements and notation, including:

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

Standard A.MG.P.6:
Demonstrate an understanding of various genres and styles of music and their historical and cultural significance.

Standard A.MG.P.7:
Identify and implement strategies for improving the technical accuracy and expressive aspects of works.

Standard A.MG.P.8:
Share live or recorded performances of works, and demonstrate how the elements of music and technical performance skills and interpretive decisions are used to convey expressive intent.

Strand: RESPOND (A.MG.R.)
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 A.MG.R.1–6).

Standard A.MG.R.1:
Identify the musical components within a piece and how they provide context; explain their effect on both listener and performer, and justify with supporting evidence.

Standard A.MG.R.2:
Apply researched or personally developed criteria to select music that expresses personal experiences and interests, visual images, concepts, texts, or storylines, in moderately complex forms, and describe and justify the choices.

Standard A.MG.R.3:
Justify and defend interpretations of varied works, and demonstrate an understanding of the composer’s intent by citing the use of elements and components of music, compositional techniques, and the style and context of each work.

Standard A.MG.R.4:
Identify, describe, and explain the effective use of the musical and structural elements that contribute to a quality musical work.

Standard A.MG.R.5:
Identify, describe, and explain the effective use of technical and musical skills evident in a quality performance.

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

Strand: CONNECT (A.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 A.MG.CO.1–4).

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

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

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

Standard A.MG.CO.4:
Demonstrate an understanding of how musical works are influenced by the composer’s heritage and experiences.

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 - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - DIANA SUDDRETH .  

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