6 - 8 Intermediate Piano Version: 11-12

Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Music

Strand: Skills and Techniques/Performance

Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Element: MMSIP.1a
Sing to match pitch and adjust intonation.
Element: MMSIP.1b
Sing simple melodies to demonstrate an understanding of phrasing.
Element: MMSIP.1c
Sing the melodic line to distinguish it from the underlying harmony.
Element: MMSIP.1d
Explain the similarity between singing and maintaining proper balance between melody and harmony when playing the piano.

Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Element: MMSIP.2a
Demonstrate characteristic playing position, posture, fingering techniques, and hand and arm motion.
Element: MMSIP.2b
Demonstrate proper warm-up techniques through playing at least one octave of major and harmonic minor scales, the chromatic scale, and technical exercises that increase playing agility and strength including cadences and cross-hand arpeggios.
Element: MMSIP.2c
Use the following skills to perform appropriate music literature:dynamic expression, appropriate phrasing and articulation, style, balance, steady tempo, and rhythmic accuracy.
Element: MMSIP.2d
Use context cues to sight-read music literature one level below performance level.

Reading and notating music
Element: MMSIP.3a
Utilize a counting system and pitch learning procedure to read music appropriate to ability.
Element: MMSIP.3b
Identify basic music vocabulary and symbols representing tempo, meter, dynamics, direction, and other expressive elements.
Element: MMSIP.3c
Notate simple rhythms and melodies utilizing a dictation method.
Element: MMSIP.3d
Read and notate music using software.

Strand: Creative Expression and Communication

Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
Element: MMSIP.4a
Improvise rhythmic patterns by clapping, singing or playing repeated notes or chords.
Element: MMSIP.4b
Improvise a melody using pentatonic, major, minor, and blues scales.
Element: MMSIP.4c
Demonstrate a rhythmic ostinato to be performed with a melody.

Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Element: MMSIP.5a
Compose rhythmic exercises and short melodies using traditional notations which incorporate the use of dynamics.
Element: MMSIP.5b
Set short poetic phrases and texts to music based on pentatonic, major, and minor scales.

Strand: Critical Analysis/Investigation

Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Element: MMSIP.6a
Analyze and describe a musical score in terms of melodic intervals, rhythmic structure, and musical form.
Element: MMSIP.6b
Listen to and analyze a musical recording or video in terms of form, voicing, and dynamic contrast.
Element: MMSIP.6c
Utilize writing skills to describe the elements of music and the emotions and thoughts that music communicates.

Evaluating music and music performances
Element: MMSIP.7a
Listen to and evaluate a piano performance with attention to accuracy of pitch and rhythm, technique, dynamics, and other expressive qualities.
Element: MMSIP.7b
Define and apply commendable performer etiquette, audience etiquette, and active listening in performance settings.

Strand: Cultural and Historical Context

Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Element: MMSIP.8a
Describe how music relates to fine arts and other disciplines.

Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Element: MMSIP.9a
Describe the characteristics of music from different cultures.
Element: MMSIP.9b
Identify distinguishing characteristics of repertoire representing various periods, composers, cultures, styles, and genres.
Element: MMSIP.9c
Explain the history of the piano.

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