Singing, alone and with others, through a varied repertoire of music
Sing to match major, minor, and perfect intervals.
Sing to reinforce melodic shape and stylistic elements of a melodic line or ostinato patterns.
Sing the melodic line to distinguish it from the underlying harmony.
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
Demonstrate characteristic playing position, posture, fingering techniques, and hand and arm motion.
Demonstrate proper warm-up techniques through playing at least two octaves of major and harmonic minor scales, the chromatic scale, and technical exercises that increase playing agility and strength including appropriate cadences and arpeggios.
Use the following skills to perform appropriate music literature: dynamic expression, appropriate phrasing and articulation, style, balance, steady tempo, and rhythmic accuracy.
Use context cues to sight-read music literature one level below performance level.
Reading and notating music
Utilize a counting system and pitch learning procedure to read music appropriate to ability.
Identify, describe, and incorporate music vocabulary and symbols for pitch, key signatures, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, expression, and direction (including repeat signs, da capo, etc.) into individual and ensemble performances.
Notate rhythms and melodies utilizing a dictation method.
Read and notate music using software.
Strand: Creative Expression and Communication
Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
Improvise a melody to a specified eight measure harmonic progression in the keys of C, G, F, utilizing various musical styles and techniques.
Play by ear simple melodies and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies.
Improvise accompaniment patterns within a given specific harmonic progression, I-(ii)-IV-V(7)-I.
Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Construct rhythmic exercises and short melodies using traditional notations which incorporate the use of dynamics.
Compose melodic themes that fit within a given harmonic pattern, are in contrasting styles, and in simple and compound meters.
Apply concepts of composition using music notation software to produce a correctly notated musical arrangement in a simple form.
Strand: Critical Analysis/Investigation
Listening to, analyzing and describing music
Analyze and describe a musical score in terms of melodic intervals, rhythmic structure, musical form, and style.
Listen to and analyze a musical recording or video in terms of form, voicing, and dynamic contrast.
Utilize writing skills to describe the elements of music and the emotions and thoughts that music communicates.
Evaluating music and music performances
Evaluate and offer constructive suggestions for improvement of personal and group performances, with attention to composer's intent.
Identify criteria and describe the quality of a composition.
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
Demonstrate and articulate an awareness of the collaborative nature of piano in today's society.
Compare the following terms used in music to like terms used in other subject areas by describing similarities and differences: color, movement, expression, style, symmetry, form, interpretation, texture, harmony, patterns and sequence, repetition, texts and lyrics, meter, wave and sound production, timbre, frequency of pitch, volume, acoustics, physiology, and anatomy, technology, etc.
Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Identify and compare performance styles of performance literature.
Investigate and connect characteristics of music from the different historical style periods and the appropriate musical context.
Explain the history of the piano.
Identify and compare, throughout different cultures and historical time periods, various music-related careers, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed.
The Guiding Sub-questions are related, relevant, and connected to exploring the Essential Question. They are higher level questions and are specific enough to guide the work of the unit. (Subquestions must be entered one at a time and updated . . . they are numbered automatically.)
Begin writing a unit by establishing what you want students to know and be able to do and planning how you will know "what they know". This Assessment Plan is a general plan (specific assessment instruments are in the teaching procedures); this section should both help you to plan and to give teachers an idea of the varied types of assessment that will be used in the unit. Be sure to include informal checks of understanding, student self-assessment, and authentic assessment. Include pre and post assessment.
Preparation for students includes notes on preparing the learner such as possible misconceptions students may have, ideas of pre-exposure for learners, and prerequisite lessons. It includes ideas for accelerated learning.
Unit Resources include general, global resources that might include bookmarks, books, periodicals, media and software. URLs need to be provided for each resource to identify a source from which it can be obtained. Resources might include those purchased as part of an adoption. More specific resources will be referenced within the teaching procedures.