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Creative Expression

August – September: 2.0 Creative Expression
Creating, Performing, and Participating in Music

Students apply vocal and instrumental musical skills in performing a varied repertoire of music. They compose and arrange music and improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments, using digital/electronic technology when appropriate.

Second Grade:
Apply Vocal and Instrumental Skills

  • 2.1 Sing with accuracy in a developmentally appropriate range.
  • 2.2 Sing age-appropriate songs from memory.
  • 2.3 Play rhythmic ostinatos on classroom instruments.

Compose, Arrange, and Improvise

  • 2.4 Improvise simple rhythmic and melodic accompaniments, using voice and a variety of classroom instruments.

Third Grade:
Apply Vocal and Instrumental Skills

  • 2.1 Sing with accuracy in a developmentally appropriate range.
  • 2.2 Sing age-appropriate songs from memory, including rounds, partner songs, and ostinatos.
  • 2.3 Play rhythmic and melodic ostinatos on classroom instruments.

Compose, Arrange, and Improvise

  • 2.4 Create short rhythmic and melodic phrases in question-and-answer form.

Fourth Grade:
Apply Vocal and Instrumental Skills

  • 2.1 Sing a varied repertoire of music from diverse cultures, including rounds, descants, and songs with ostinatos, alone and with others.
  • 2.2 Use classroom instruments to play melodies and accompaniments from a varied repertoire of music from diverse cultures, including rounds, descants, and ostinatos, by oneself and with others.

Compose, Arrange, and Improvise

  • 2.3 Compose and improvise simple rhythmic and melodic patterns on classroom instruments.

Fifth Grade:
Apply Vocal and Instrumental Skills

  • 2.1 Sing a varied repertoire of music, including rounds, descants, and songs with ostinatos and songs in two-part harmony, by oneself and with others.
  • 2.2 Use classroom instruments to play melodies and accompaniments from a varied repertoire of music from diverse cultures, including rounds, descants, and ostinatos and two-part harmony, by oneself and with others.

Compose, Arrange, and Improvise

  • 2.3 Compose, improvise, and perform basic rhythmic, melodic, and chordal patterns independently on classroom instruments.

Sixth Grade:
Apply Vocal and Instrumental Skills

  • 2.1 Sing a repertoire of vocal literature representing various genres, styles, and cultures with expression, technical accuracy, good posture, tone quality, and vowel shape written and memorized, by oneself and in ensembles (level of difficulty: 1 on a scale of 1-6).
  • 2.2 Sing music written in two parts.
  • 2.3 Perform on an instrument a repertoire of instrumental literature representing various genres, styles, and cultures with expression, technical accuracy, tone quality, and articulation, by oneself and in ensembles (level of difficulty: 1 on a scale of 1-6).

Compose, Arrange, and Improvise

  • 2.4 Compose short pieces in duple and triple meters.
  • 2.5 Arrange simple pieces for voices or instruments, using traditional sources of sound.
  • 2.6 Improvise simple melodies.

Seventh Grade:
Apply Vocal and Instrumental Skills

  • 2.1 Sing a repertoire of vocal literature representing various genres, styles, and cultures with expression, technical accuracy, tone quality, vowel shape, and articulation written and memorized, by oneself and in ensembles (level of difficulty: 2 on a scale of 1-6).
  • 2.2 Sing music written in two and three parts.
  • 2.3 Perform on an instrument a repertoire of instrumental literature representing various genres, styles, and cultures with expression, technical accuracy, tone quality, and articulation, by oneself and in ensembles (level of difficulty: 2 on a scale of 1-6).

Compose, Arrange, and Improvise

  • 2.4 Compose short pieces in duple, triple, and mixed meters.
  • 2.5 Compose and arrange simple pieces for voice and instruments, using traditional and nontraditional sound sources, including digital/ electronic media.
  • 2.6 Improvise melodies and harmonic accompaniments.
  • 2.7 Improvise melodic and rhythmic embellishments and variations on given pentatonic melodies.

Eighth Grade:
Apply Vocal and Instrumental Skills

  • 2.1 Sing a repertoire of vocal literature representing various genres, styles, and cultures with expression, technical accuracy, tone quality, vowel shape, and articulation written and memorized, by oneself and in ensembles (level of difficulty: 3 on a scale of 1-6).
  • 2.2 Sing music written in two, three, or four parts.
  • 2.3 Perform on an instrument a repertoire of instrumental literature representing various genres, styles, and cultures with expression, technical accuracy, tone quality, and articulation, by oneself and in ensembles (level of difficulty: 3 on a scale of 1-6).

Compose, Arrange, and Improvise

  • 2.4 Compose short pieces in duple, triple, mixed, and compound meters.
  • 2.5 Arrange simple pieces for voices or instruments other than those for which the pieces were written, using traditional and nontraditional sound sources, including digital/ electronic media.
  • 2.6 Improvise melodic and rhythmic embellishments and variations in major keys.
  • 2.7 Improvise short melodies to be performed with and without accompaniment.