From the Virginia Standards of Learning:
The Beginning Level standards are designed for students experiencing their first vocal/choral class. Beginning choral students may be found at any grade level within the elementary, middle, and secondary school setting, as prescribed by the local school district. The Beginning Level standards emphasize fundamental vocal development, traditional notation, and the introduction to ensemble singing. These standards require performance, creativity, and investigation at a fundamental level. Opportunities are provided for students to explore the relationship between music and the other fine arts and between music and disciplines outside the arts.
The Intermediate Level standards are designed for students who have achieved competency in beginning vocal/choral skills. Emphasis is placed on the continuing development of vocal production techniques and ensemble participation. The standards require performance, creativity, and investigation at a level of increased ability, as well as an understanding and application of traditional music notation. Opportunities are continued for students to explore the relationship between music and the other fine arts and between music and disciplines outside of the arts.
The Advanced Level student will continue to acquire proficiency in ensemble singing and will begin to develop competency in individual performance. Singing with refined expressive qualities, the student will perform vocal/choral selections and sight-reading material of increased levels of difficulty. Students will demonstrate expanded abilities in performance, creativity, and analytical investigation and will gain experiential knowledge of leadership and evaluative skills in group and individual settings. Opportunities are continued for students to explore the relationship between music and other disciplines.
The student at the Artist Level will acquire refined musicianship skills in individual and ensemble performance. The student will continue to develop the ability to evaluate music performances and articulate preferences and choices through the use of cognitive skills and analytical thinking. Connections with music in the community and the world will be expanded, and an individual performance portfolio will be developed. Competency in solo and/or ensemble singing and the use of foreign languages will assist in preparing the singer for future musical and vocal development and career opportunities. Increasing awareness of the interrelation among music, the other fine arts, and other disciplines will be emphasized.