Illinois Learning Standards
Stage F - Fine Arts—Music
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Translate common Italian tempo(s) (e.g., andante, presto),
dynamic (e.g., piano, forte), and articulation(s) (e.g.,
staccato, legato) markings into English.
- Distinguish between the beat and the rhythm(s) of a given
- Identify the meter in a musical example.
- Distinguish major and minor tonalities in aural musical
- Label the intervals in a written melody.
- Identify the texture (e.g., polyphonic, homophonic, monophonic)
in a given aural example.
- Analyze the form of a simple musical composition.
- Compare and contrast the use of expressive qualities in
two performances of the same musical example.
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Analyze how the artistic components (i.e., elements, principles,
expressive ideas; tools, processes, technologies; creative
processes) are combined within a work of art.
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Describe basic sound production theory (electronic &
- Demonstrate basic vocal and/or instrumental production
techniques (e.g., breath support, posture, and bowing).
- Use standard notation to record simple musical ideas.
- Sing or play melodies accurately and expressively from
a written score in at least one clef.
- Identify and accurately interpret symbols for dynamics,
tempo, expression, and articulation.
- Sight-read simple melodies and rhythms.
- Describe the role of composers.
- Describe the roles of conductors in a performance.
- Describe the roles of singers or instrumentalists in a
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- 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.
- Improvise original melodies over given chord progressions.
- Compose/arrange music within specific guidelines.
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Demonstrate good audience behavior and evaluate the behavior
of self and others.
- Describe how audience behavior changes a product or performance.
- Compare and contrast how the arts function in two different
types of ceremonies (e.g., parades, weddings, graduations,
- Give examples in which various arts are used to persuade
and promote ideas.
- List technology used in the arts (e.g., cameras, synthesizers,
computers, printing press).
- Categorize types of artists with their art and art related
products or performances (e.g., designers create packages,
composers write advertising jingles, architects design buildings).
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Investigate how the arts reflect different cultures, times,
- Compare how different art forms express aspects of the
same culture, time, or place.
- Compare and contrast the contribution of individual artists
on movements, trends, or periods.
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