Illinois Learning Standards
Stage C - Fine Arts—Music
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Distinguish between loud/soft, high/low sounds.
- Distinguish between fast/slow music.
- Distinguish between same and different tone colors (timbres)
of voices, classroom instruments, and environmental sounds.
- Distinguish between long and short sounds.
- Echo a rhythm pattern.
- Replicate the beat in a musical composition.
- Identify simple music forms (e.g. rondo, ostinato) when
- Identify different sensory elements that create a mood,
emotion, or idea in a simple musical selection.
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Compare sensory elements, organizational principles, and
expressive qualities shared among several art forms that
express a similar idea (e.g. beginning, middle, and end
in music, dance, and drama).
- Compare the use of sound, movement, action, or visual
images to express similar ideas (e.g., subject matter such
as night, ocean; emotions/moods such as sad, scary).
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Distinguish between the sounds of two different voices
(e.g., man and child).
- Distinguish between the sounds of two different environmental
sounds (e.g., pencil sharpener and chalkboard).
- Distinguish between the sounds of two different classroom
instruments (e.g., tambourine and drum).
- Identify orchestral/band instruments visually.
- Use appropriate vocal timbre and volume when singing classroom
- Use correct technique (e.g., holding mallets, striking
drums) when playing classroom instruments.
- Echo, read, and/or write accurately rhythm patterns with
whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests in 2/4,
3/4, 4/4 meter signatures.
- Sing or play accurately simple pitch notation in the treble
clef using a symbol system (e.g., icons, syllables, numbers,
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Sing on pitch or play on classroom instruments songs of
various cultures in rhythm, with appropriate timbre and
maintaining a steady tempo.
- Improvise rhythmic and melodic accompaniments for songs
of various cultures.
- Create short songs or instrumental pieces within specified
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate audience
- React to performances/ art works in a respectful, constructive,
and supportive manner.
- Match the types of occupations with their art form (e.g.,
actor, director, playwright, designer with drama).
- Compare ways the arts are used in a celebration (e.g.,
masks, costumes, banners, songs, dances).
- List the things that artists make or do when they communicate
through the arts (e.g., pictures, songs, advertisements,
stories, movements, buildings).
- Point out ways the arts are used for personal time and
enrichment (e.g., concerts, plays, exhibits, broadcasts,
social dances, choirs, lessons).
- Describe occupations that are related to the arts (e.g.,
photographer, illustrator, composer, playwright, choreographer,
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Identify cultural characteristics of a work of art.
- Describe how the arts inform viewers about people and
events from history.
- Name significant artists in dance, drama, music, or visual
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