6 - 8 Advanced Orchestra 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: MMSAO.1a
Demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation in melodic and harmonic settings
Element: MMSAO.1b
Demonstrate an understanding of phrasing through singing melodies
Element: MMSAO.1c
Discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument

Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Element: MMSAO.2a
Demonstrate correct left hand position and finger placement, right hand position (bow hold), bow placement, posture and instrument position while increasing the level of technical difficulty
Element: MMSAO.2b
Demonstrate basic vibrato
Element: MMSAO.2c
Exhibit the ability to accurately tune respective instrument
Element: MMSAO.2d
Demonstrate the ability to shift to advanced positions (Violin/Viola-III position, Cello-III and IV position, Bass-1/2-IV position)
Element: MMSAO.2e
Produce a characteristic sound using legato, staccato, slurs, detached slur, accent, spiccato, hooked bowing, and pizzicato
Element: MMSAO.2f
Utilize correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire in the major keys of D, G, C, A, F, Bb, and Eb, and the minor keys of e, a, d, b, and c
Element: MMSAO.2g
Demonstrate awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating to tone, tuning, balance, blend, dynamics, phrasing, and tempo

Reading and notating music
Element: MMSAO.3a
Identify notes in the staff and on ledger lines of respective clef
Element: MMSAO.3b
Read and notate notes within the following key signatures: D, G, C, A, F, Bb, and Eb and the minor keys of e, a, d, b, and c
Element: MMSAO.3c
Read and notate rhythms containing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, dotted eighth notes, sixteenth notes and their corresponding rests in the time signatures of 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8, alle breve, and mixed meter
Element: MMSAO.3d
Recognize and execute symbols for dynamics, tempo, articulation and expression as used in corresponding literature

Strand: Creative Expression and Communication

Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
Element: MMSAO.4a
Play by ear simple melodies and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies
Element: MMSAO.4b
Improvise simple melodies and harmonic accompaniments in the keys of D, G, and C

Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Element: MMSAO.5a
Create original rhythm patterns in 4/4 time
Element: MMSAO.5b
Compose simple melodies for respective instrument in the keys of D, G, and C
Element: MMSAO.5c
Arrange the melody of a popular song for respective instrument

Strand: Critical Analysis/Investigation

Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Element: MMSAO.6a
Discuss the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, and instrumentation in selected aural examples
Element: MMSAO.6b
Identify melodic and harmonic material and phrase endings in given aural examples
Element: MMSAO.6c
Identify simple musical forms

Evaluating music and music performances
Element: MMSAO.7a
Distinguish between correct and incorrect melodic and harmonic intonation and demonstrates abiltiy to adjust accordingly
Element: MMSAO.7b
Evaluate the accuracy of rhythm and tempos for individual and ensemble playing
Element: MMSAO.7c
Assess the quality of performance in tone, intonation, balance, dynamics, articulation, precision, style, and rhythm
Element: MMSAO.7d
Critique music performed by ensemble and make suggestions for improvement

Strand: Cultural and Historical Context

Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Element: MMSAO.8a
Explain how music contributes to a well rounded education
Element: MMSAO.8b
Establish awareness that all subjects are related to music

Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Element: MMSAO.9a
Identify and compare performance styles of music learned in class
Element: MMSAO.9b
Discuss characteristics of music from various societies and cultures
Element: MMSAO.9c
Compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed

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