Illinois Learning Standards

Stage D - Fine Arts—Music


25A —

Students who meet the standard understand the sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities of the arts.
  1. Describe the tempo(s) and dynamic level(s) in a simple musical example.
  2. Identify tone colors (timbres) of a variety of musical instruments.
  3. Replicate the rhythm pattern of a given musical example.
  4. Demonstrate duple and triple meter.
  5. Identify major and minor tonalities in musical examples.
  6. Identify melodies going upward, going downward, and staying the same in a written musical example.
  7. Define melody and harmony.
  8. Describe the repetition and contrast in form in a musical example.
  9. Explain the selection of organizational and sensory elements to express a particular mood, emotion, or idea in an original composition with environmental sounds, body sounds, or classroom instruments.

25B —

Students who meet the standard understand the similarities, distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
  1. Use the vocabulary of elements, principles, and tools when describing a work of art.
  2. Plan and create a work of art that expresses a specific idea, mood, or emotion using defined elements, principles, and tools.

26A —

Students who meet the standard understand processes, traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
  1. Classify voices by range (e.g., soprano/alto).
  2. Identify orchestral/band instruments from aural examples.
  3. Describe how selected instruments produce their sound.
  4. Demonstrate basic vocal and/or instrumental production techniques (e.g., breath support, posture, bowing).
  5. Notate simple rhythmic and melodic patterns.
  6. Sing or play accurately simple rhythmic and melodic patterns from a written score.
  7. Identify general groupings of instruments and voices (e.g., chorus, band, and/or orchestra).

26B —

Students who meet the standard can apply skills and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more of the arts.
  1. Sing or play music that has a difficulty level of 1 (on a scale of 1 to 6) on pitch; in rhythm; with appropriate timbre; with a steady tempo; with good breath, bow, mallet or fingering control; and with clear articulation/diction.
  2. Improvise simple rhythmic variations or simple melodic embellishments on familiar themes.
  3. Create short songs or instrumental pieces within specified guidelines.

27A —

Students who meet the standard can analyze how the arts function in history, society and everyday life.
  1. Evaluate audience behaviors of self and others.
  2. React to performances/ art works in a respectful, constructive, and supportive manner.
  3. Describe the roles of artists in society (e.g. historian, critic, entertainer, inventor).
  4. Describe a variety of places where the arts are produced, performed, or displayed.
  5. Explain ways dance, drama, music, and visual art play a part in everyday life (e.g., architecture, landscape design, political cartoons, fashion design, background music, television).
  6. Explain how the arts are used in commercial applications (e.g., posters, TV commercials, package design, industrial design).
  7. Describe occupations that are related to the arts (e.g., landscape architect, political cartoonist, fashion designer, sound engineer).

27B —

Students who meet the standard understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
  1. Investigate the ways various people (present and past) use the arts to celebrate similar events (e.g., celebrations, festivals, seasons).
  2. List significant contributions made by artists in several art forms.

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