Illinois Learning Standards

Stage I - Fine Arts—Music



Descriptors



25A —

Students who meet the standard understand the sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities of the arts.
  1. Analyze and evaluate the use of sensory elements in a musical composition.
  2. Analyze the form of complex musical compositions.
  3. Explain how sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities are combined to produce unity/variety, tension/release, and balance in a musical performance.
  4. Develop aesthetic criteria for evaluating one's own musical performances/compositions and those of others.

25B —

Students who meet the standard understand the similarities, distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
  1. Analyze the dominant artistic components (i.e., elements, principles, expressive ideas; processes, technologies; creative processes) using appropriate vocabulary in all the arts.
  2. Compare and contrast similar and distinctive artistic components (i.e., elements, principles, expressive ideas; processes, technologies; creative processes) across art forms.
  3. Select works from each art form that share similar theme/subject matter and justify selection.

26A —

Students who meet the standard understand processes, traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
  1. Compare and contrast sound production of instruments from various cultures.
  2. Demonstrate basic vocal and/or instrumental production techniques (e.g., breath support, posture, bowing).
  3. Use standard notation to record one's own and others' musical ideas.
  4. Sight-read an instrumental or vocal score of up to four staves, demonstrating accuracy in reading symbols for pitch, rhythm, expressive qualities, and articulation/diction.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to read written notation for a vocal or instrumental part.
  6. Critique the effectiveness (e.g., style, interpretation, instrumentation) of a performer or conductor.
  7. Analyze the way in which performers or conductors interpret the intent of the composer in a recorded or live performance.

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 and/or 4 (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; with clear articulation/diction; and with expression appropriate for the work being performed.
  2. Improvise harmonizing parts in a variety of styles.
  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. Analyze how the arts function in historical, societal, economic, and personal contexts (e.g. economic trends, creative thinking, intra/inter communication, adornment, environments, entertainment, historical record, jobs).
  2. Analyze how the arts inform and persuade through movement, sound, and image.
  3. Examine the purposes and effects of various media (e.g., film, print, multimedia presentations) in terms of informing, entertaining, and persuading the public.
  4. Justify an opinion about the purposes and effects of various media in terms of informing and persuading the public.

27B —

Students who meet the standard understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
  1. Classify selected works of art by style, periods, or cultures (e.g., Classical, Renaissance, Romanticism, Pan-Asian, Native American).
  2. Analyze selected historical and contemporary works of art for distinguishing characteristics of style, period, or culture.
  3. Trace how artistic styles have changed in response to cultural, historical, and technological events (e.g., inventions, transportation, economics, wars).
  4. Connect the artists/works with the trends and/or influences of others (e.g. Picasso's "Guernica"; Stravinsky's "Firebird", Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma).

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