Illinois Learning Standards

Stage G - Fine Arts—Music


25A —

Students who meet the standard understand the sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities of the arts.
  1. Describe tempo(s), dynamic(s), and articulation(s) in an aural example using appropriate terminology.
  2. Replicate the beat and rhythms of a given musical example.
  3. Distinguish between duple and triple meter in a musical example.
  4. Identify major and minor tonalites in an aural musical example.
  5. Identify intervals in an aural example.
  6. Describe the texture and harmony of a given aural example.
  7. Define large musical forms (e.g., symphony, cantata).
  8. Critique the appropriate use of organizational and sensory elements to create a mood, emotion, or idea in music of their own and that of others.

25B —

Students who meet the standard understand the similarities, distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
  1. Compare and contrast two works in one art form that share similar themes or subject matter examining artistic components (i.e., elements, principles, expressive ideas; tools, processes, technologies; creative processes).

26A —

Students who meet the standard understand processes, traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
  1. Describe basic sound production theory (electronic & acoustic).
  2. Demonstrate basic vocal and/or instrumental production techniques (e.g., breath support, posture, and bowing).
  3. Use standard notation to record one's own and other's musical ideas.
  4. Sing and play accurately and with expression from standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression.
  5. Sight-read simple melodies and rhythms.
  6. Explain the process that at least one composer uses(d) to create music.
  7. Explain the interaction of performers and conductors.
  8. Demonstrate or describe efficient practice/rehearsal procedures.

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 3 (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 rhythmic and melodic variations on given melodies.
  3. Compose/arrange music within specific guidelines and style.

27A —

Students who meet the standard can analyze how the arts function in history, society and everyday life.
  1. Demonstrate good audience behavior and evaluate the behavior of self and others.
  2. Describe how audience behavior changes a product or performance.
  3. Compare and contrast the function of the arts in two similar types of ceremonies (e.g., parades - Thanksgiving Day Parade and Mardi Gras; Opening Ceremony - Super Bowl and World Series).
  4. Explain the way the various arts are used to persuade and promote ideas in advertising.
  5. Explain the ways technology is used to communicate in each of the arts.
  6. Describe in each art form at least two artists' roles and how those roles contribute to the world of work.

27B —

Students who meet the standard understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
  1. Determine the reasons why certain artists or works of art reflect culture (e.g. totems, ritual).
  2. Connect artists or their works with the trends and/or influences they create(d).

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