The list of Standards and Performance Indicators is as follows:
Literacy: Performance Assessments (MLR A.1-3)
Correctly Count & perform rhythms with 16th notes, dotted rhythms, Syncopation and rests in Common time,3/4, Cut time, and 6/8 time.
- Be able to articulate what any time signature means & count all beats and subdivisions
- Be able to play, sing, or clap a given rhythm
B. Tone: Plays notes with proper tone and sustain.
- Proper attack on mouthpiece and breath moving through instrument
- Proper bounce and precision on percussion instruments
C. Scales & Pitch: Plays scales with correct notes with eighth note rhythm.
- Chromatic 1 octave (16th notes at quarter=60)
- Major: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E
- Able to construct any major scale and interpret scale degrees in numbers
- Able to play triad arpeggios in major scale, and understand basic components of triad harmony
- Able to play pitches accurately in moderate pitch range (approx. 2 octaves dependent on instrument)
D. Intonation: Plays in tune and balance with others.
- Can adjust embouchure and instrument to a tuner and by ear
- Can indicate the difference between sharp and flat on a tuner
E. Musicality: Interprets Articulations, Dynamics & Tempo accurately
- pp-ff, sfz, and fp
- Tempo: BPM, and common Italian terms: Largo, Allegro, Andante, and Presto
- Articulations: Staccato, Legato, Marcato, Fermata
F. Sight Reading: Sight read a basic piece of music at a 1-2 difficulty
G. Notation & Listening:
- Including syncopations, 8th note rhythms, rests, and dotted rhythms
- Only a few mistakes with notes, including all keys covered in scales, and accidentals
- Only a few mistakes rhythmically or notes played
- Can play some dynamics and articulations on first read
- Repeat marks & Endings
Can follow a piece of sheet music with a recording
- Is able to indicate measure numbers and rehearsal mark correctly
- Is able to ask questions using terminology about interpreting notation
H. Listening & Describing: Listen to and describe a piece of music:
- Able to describe components of the music: pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, form, timbre, texture, harmony, style, and compound meter.
- Able listen to their own performance and critique for components of music and interpretation.
Technique & Creation (MLR B.1-2)
I. Posture & Technique:
Displays proper playing posture and technique, and maintains instrument correctly
J. Interpretation & Musicality:
- Back straight, no slouching ever
- Proper breathing from diaphragm
- Feet flat on the floor in front of you
- Emboucher and instrument held correctly
- Able to clean and maintain instrument, knowing all slides and how to adjust cork and mouthpiece for tuning
Plays with attention to musical expression and emotion appropriate to genre or style.
- Attention to dynamics and articulations (staccato, Marcato, Legato, slurs, pp-ff, sfz, and fp).
- Attention to emotional expression through tone, dynamics, phrasing, articulations, and overall performance intent and creative interpretation.
- Interprets correct breathing
- Interprets rhythms and articulations based on genre (i.e. swing ⅛ notes in Jazz piece)
K. Tempo: Maintains steady beat with the conductor & ensemble members.
- Able to play piece in tempo with slight adjustments if needed
- Able to play a part with a metronome or steady beat
L. Composition & Arranging
: Compose and/or arrange a short piece and listen to and analyze their own and others pieces.
- Able to describe intention and compositional elements including: Form, creative intention, compositional choices.
- Able to understand some theoretical components of putting together a piece, including: transposition, melody, harmony, and accompaniment patterns.
Creative Process/ Aesthetics/ Connections (MLR C-E)
M. Creativity: Students can approach a problem in performance based activity or creative project to illustrate divergent thinking.
N. Musical Intent:
- In project based assignment or composition.
- In practice techniques and skill based assignments.
- In research related assignment
Explain the meaning of a piece of music through opinion, and analysis of musical intent of an artist.
O. Creative Process:
- Finding connections between music and emotion
- Using relevant terminology when need to make connections
- Analyzing and interpreting lyrics
- Researching artist interviews and opinions on the music
Explain some of the deeper dimensions of music and art, and the creative process through research and perceptive listening and describing.
- Using language to attempt to describe emotions and deeper feelings within music
- Using opinions and quotes to help support and describe these deeper dimensions
- Finding connections between the music and society and culture of the artist
P. Goal Setting:
Illustrate self motivation in learning a piece of music that exemplifies technical and musical progress daily.
- Actively engaged in the learning daily and working on practice techniques
Q. Research: Find reliable and relevant sources to explore a subject of interest and express and support opinions and facts. (Common Core- Anchor Standards- Language Arts)
- Completing a Bibliography in MLA format to correctly give credit to their sources.
- Using a variety of sources to illustrate effort to find reliable information and opinions.
- Using in-text citation of direct quotes to support or pose an opinion