Illinois Learning Standards

Stage E - 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 complex aural musical example.
  2. Identify the tone color(s) [timbre(s)] of the instruments and/or voices in an aural musical example.
  3. Distinguish between the beat and the rhythm(s) of a given musical example.
  4. Identify the meter in a musical example.
  5. Distinguish major and minor tonalities in aural musical examples.
  6. Describe melodic movement (e.g. upward, downward, steps, skips, repeated notes) in an aural example.
  7. Distinguish between a melody with harmony and a melody without harmony.
  8. Identify simple music forms (e.g. imitation, theme, variation) when presented aurally.
  9. Justify 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. Explain how elements, principles, and tools are combined to express an idea in a work of art.
  2. Explain why specific elements, principles, and tools were used in a work of art created by the student or another artist.

26A —

Students who meet the standard understand processes, traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
  1. Classify singers according to their vocal range.
  2. Identify orchestral/band instruments from aural examples.
  3. Classify instruments according to how their sounds are produced (e.g., string, wind, percussion).
  4. Demonstrate basic vocal and/or instrumental production techniques (e.g., breath support, posture, bowing).
  5. Write accurately melodies with rhythm patterns in whole, half, quarter, eighth, and dotted notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 3/8 meter signatures.
  6. Sing or play accurately simple rhythmic and melodic patterns from a written score.
  7. Classify musical groups according to their instruments/voice (e.g., quartet, solo, band, 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 2 (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 harmonic accompaniments using a variety of sound sources.
  3. Create or arrange 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. Explain how works of art relate to the environment where they are performed or displayed and how the space affects the art works (e.g., outdoor sculpture, murals, theatre in the round, dancing in a parade vs. on a stage).
  3. Describe how the site (e.g., outdoor art fair vs. museum, half-time show at a sporting event vs. symphony hall) influences who the audience is and the way the audience responds.
  4. Explain ways dance, drama, music, and visual art play a part in everyday life (e.g. education, architecture, landscape design, political cartoons, fashion design, background music, television).
  5. Analyze how the arts are used in commercial applications (e.g., posters, TV commercials, package design, industrial design).
  6. Categorize types of artists with their art and art related products or performances (e.g., commercial artist, artistic directors).

27B —

Students who meet the standard understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
  1. Describe how the same idea is expressed in works of art (e.g., portraits, wedding dances, national anthems) from different cultures, times, or places.
  2. Compare the ways different cultures, times, or places use materials to produce works of art (e.g., musical instruments, masks, puppets, pottery, textiles).
  3. List artists who have made significant contributions and describe their ideas.

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