Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 6 - 12, Instrumental Music: Level I, 2006

1.) Demonstrate the components necessary for characteristic tone production in the middle register at a mezzo forte level.

Examples: demonstrating correct posture and playing position, adjusting tone quality while playing, forming correct embouchure, beginning tone with correct attack, supporting tone with proper breath support, sustaining tone without wavers in pitch or intensity, releasing tone on pitch

•  Adjusting pitch to a tuning standard
Example: using an electronic tuner to adjust the length of the instrument

2.) Sight-read unison literature in the appropriate clef.

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•  Playing notes from the printed page within the appropriate clef
•  Performing music containing the dynamic markings of crescendo, decrescendo, p, mp, mf, and f
•  Performing music that combines the basic articulations of tonguing, slurring, accent, legato, and staccato for winds and détaché, pizzicato, and slurring for strings
•  Performing as a member of a large group and small ensemble with attention to balance and intonation
3.) Perform major scales and their related arpeggios, including concert Bb, Eb, and Ab and chromatic scale from concert Bb to Bb for wind and percussion instruments; scales C, G, and D chromatic scale from concert C to C for strings; and rudiments consisting of five- and nine-stroke rolls, flam, single paradiddle, and flamacue for percussion.

4.) Demonstrate correct fingerings for all notes in the practical range of personal instruments.

5.) Compose an eight-measure melody based on a diatonic scale and written in the practical playing range of an instrument.

•  Transposing a melody into a different key
6.) Demonstrate conducting patterns of four, three, and two beats per measure; entrance cues; and cutoffs.

7.) Identify characteristics of various forms of musical compositions.

Examples: march typically fast and detached, chorale typically slow and connected

8.) Critique live or videotaped performances with respect to tone quality.

9.) Name written pitches on the instrument when given concert pitch.

Example: concert Bb corresponding to written C on a clarinet

10.) Identify the size of the interval between two given notes.

Example: C to E being a 3rd

•  Identifying size and quality of intervals between two given notes
Example: C to E being a major 3rd

11.) Demonstrate appropriate care of personal instruments.

Examples: assembling a clarinet, removing moisture from a flute, applying rosin to a violin bow

12.) Define the elements of music, including melody, rhythm, form, timbre, harmony, and texture.

13.) Identify various composers and stylistic periods of music.


- Johann Sebastian Bach--Baroque period,

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart--Classical period