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Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 4 - Music


Demonstrate understanding of the formal structure and the rudimentary elements of music in music selected for performance.


Example: Perform music in the jazz style and identify syncopated rhythms.

Unpacked Content

Essential Questions

EU: Analyzing creators' context and how they manipulate elements of music provides insight into their intent and informs performance.
EQ: How does understanding the structure and context of musical works inform performance?

Skills Examples

  • Sing, move and respond to music from world cultures and different composers.
  • Sing a varied repertoire with accurate rhythm, pitch and expressive qualities individually and with others.
  • With limited guidance, Improvise and compose short compositions using a variety of classroom instruments and sound sources.
Reading/ Writing
  • Read, write and perform using rhythm patterns that include syncopated rhythms, in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 meter.
Responding/ Evaluating
  • Use the head voice to produce a light, clear sound employing breath support and maintaining appropriate posture.
  • Use student developed criteria to critique their own performances and the performances of others.


  • Conducting patterns in
  • Syncopation
  • Pitch set: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, Ti
  • Treble clef reading (La, So, Mi, Re, Do)
  • Middle C through High B
  • Create melodic sequences
  • Half-step
  • Whole step
  • Canons
  • Chord components
  • Chord progression (I, V)
  • Crossover bordun
  • Phrasing: antecedent and consequent
  • D.C. al coda
  • Fine
  • pp through ff
  • Age-appropriate audience and performer etiquette
  • Orchestra instruments within the 4 families
  • Age-appropriate pitch matching (A3-E5)

Anchor Standards

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.