Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 6 - 8, Music, 2006

1.) Play melodies on the recorder within an octave range, using a pleasing tone quality.

•  Demonstrating proper posture, hand position, and embouchure for playing a recorder
•  Identifying members of the recorder family
Examples: soprano, alto, tenor, bass

•  Demonstrating proper pitch control of notes in the lower register of the soprano recorder
•  Playing two- and three-part arrangements
2.) Demonstrate a characteristic sound while singing unison or two-part songs.

•  Singing descants to produce harmony
3.) Sight-read rhythm patterns commonly found in middle-level literature.

4.) Sight-read eight-beat, stepwise, and unison melodic patterns.

5.) Compose an eight-measure melody based on a diatonic scale using familiar rhythmic patterns.

6.) Create movement to illustrate the form of a composition.

7.) Describe the characteristics used by the composer in a selected musical example to create a mood or effect.

Example: Edvard Grieg's use of changes in tempo, dynamics, and instrumentation to create excitement in In the Hall of the Mountain King

8.) Identify the names of lines and spaces in the bass clef.

•  Identifying accidentals, including flats, sharps, and naturals
9.) Recognize I, IV, and V chords in C and F major.

•  Creating chordal accompaniments
10.) Identify composite forms, including opera, oratorio, and musical theatre.

11.) Identify polyphonic texture.

12.) Identify the relationship of American music to American history.

Example: "We Shall Overcome" as a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement

13.) Identify characteristic differences in music of various cultures.

Examples: Western music based on diatonic scale, music of the Far East based on pentatonic scale

•  Identifying instruments unique to a specific culture
Examples: bagpipe--Scottish, talking drums--African

•  Identifying ensembles unique to a specific culture

- jazz band--American,

- mariachi band--Mexican,

- steel drums--Jamaican

14.) Identify the relationship between music and other content areas.

Examples: graphing techniques used in music and mathematics to visualize relationships between two variables; investigations used in music and science to explore how sound travels; writing, reading, and diction studied in music and English language arts; specific terms used in music and visual arts for repeated patterns

•  Identifying uses of technology in music
15.) Distinguish between compound duple and simple duple meter.

16.) Identify irregular meters.

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17.) Demonstrate rhythmic augmentation and diminution in a familiar tune.