Beginning Music Theory Version: 2010-2011

Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Music

Strand: Skills and Techniques/Performance

Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Element: MHSBMTh.1a
Sight-sing diatonic melodies, with minimum characteristics such as, stepwise melodies, both ascending and descending; melodies with diatonic skips, minor 3rd through tri-tone first (if possible; and melodies with diatonic skips, tri-tone through octave (if possible)

Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Element: MHSBMTh.2a
Identify notes on the keyboard
Element: MHSBMTh.2b
Relate pitches on a keyboard to notation on the staff in their native clef
Element: MHSBMTh.2c
Play diatonic melodies on the keyboard where possible, or on another instrument

Reading and notating music
Element: MHSBMTh.3a
Demonstrate an understanding of rhythmic terms such as, time signature/meter (simple, compound, duple, triple), measure (bar line, double bar line)
Element: MHSBMTh.3b
Choose which rhythm has been performed from an array of choices (examples will be in simple meter, up to and including three part beat division)
Element: MHSBMTh.3c
Perform rhythmically by tapping the foot with a steady pulse representing the basic metrical unit while clapping and speaking the given rhythm [Spoken syllables may be neutral or syllables adopted by the instructor (i.e., 1-e-&-a, Eastman system, etc.)]
Element: MHSBMTh.3d
Notate rhythms in simple meter using rhythmic values up to and including sixteenth notes and rests
Element: MHSBMTh.3e
Identify pitches in treble and bass clefs, including notes utilizing ledger lines
Element: MHSBMTh.3f
Identify major key signatures
Element: MHSBMTh.3g
Identify half, whole-step pitches and enharmonic pitches
Element: MHSBMTh.3h
Identify major/minor, and perfect intervals
Element: MHSBMTh.3i
Identify the whole and half steps that comprise as major scale
Element: MHSBMTh.3j
Identify major scales, using both key signatures and accidentals
Element: MHSBMTh.3k
Identify and describe chromatic scales
Element: MHSBMTh.3l
Identify chords including major triads and minor triads
Element: MHSBMTh.3m
Aurally identify all intervals (half steps, whole steps, enharmonic pitches, major/minor and perfect intervals), identify major scales by knowing the whole and half step sequence and by using both key signatures and accidentals, identify and describe the chromatic scale, and identify chords (major and minor triads)

Strand: Creative Expression and Communication

Improvising rhythms and melodies
Element: MHSBMTh.4a
Improvise short rhythmic lines
Element: MHSBMTh.4b
Improvise short melodic lines which incorporate scalar and chordal motives

Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Element: MHSBMTh.5a
Compose and perform short rhythmic lines
Element: MHSBMTh.5b
Compose and perform short melodic lines which incorporate scalar and chordal motives

Strand: Critical Analysis/Investigation

Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Element: MHSBMTh.6a
Aurally identify and describe basic formal elements and forms in a composition such as phrase and period, binary song, ternary song, rondo, theme, and variations
Element: MHSBMTh.6b
Demonstrate an understanding and application of standard music terminology involving dynamics, articulation, and tempo/style

Evaluating music and music performances
Element: MHSBMTh.7a
Describe a given short musical composition based on aural exposure
Element: MHSBMTh.7b
Describe rhythmic and melodic/harmonic character in terms covered previously

Strand: Cultural and Historical Context

Understanding relationships between music and the other arts
Element: MHSBMTh.8a
Demonstrate an understanding of how music has been influenced by and integrated with fine arts disciplines within the context of their theoretical understanding

Understanding relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Element: MHSBMTh.9a
Demonstrate an understanding of how music is based upon mathematical and scientific principles

Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Element: MHSBMTh.10a
Demonstrate an understanding of how music has been influenced by and integrated into the humanities (i.e., literature/poetry, cultural studies, philosophy, ancient and modern languages, etc.)
Element: MHSBMTh.10b
Describe how major musical movements, figures, and events coincide with and/or were influenced by political, religious and economic conditions of the time

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