• DVUSD General Music
    SCHOOL GRADE: 1st Grade
    The standards for 1st Grade General Music emphasize the language and production of music. Instruction focuses on the development of skills in singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, and responding to music. Emphasis is placed on performing simple rhythms and developing aural skills related to pitch, musical form, and instrument identification. Students investigate the purpose of music and how people participate in music in everyday life. 
    1st Grade Standards assume that Kindergarten standards have been taught. If your students did not receive music in Kindergarten, please include Kindergarten standards with 1st grade standards.
    Music Theory/Literacy
    1.1 The student will read and notate music, including
    1 high and low pitches, using traditional and nontraditional notation;
    rhythmic patterns that include quarter notes, paired eighth notes, and quarter rests, using traditional and nontraditional notation.
    3 identification of basic music symbols
    1.2 The student will demonstrate various uses of the voice, including
    1 singing high and low pitches;
    2 using the voice in speech and song;
    3 demonstrating expressive qualities of music, including changes in dynamics and tempo
    1.3 The student will sing a variety of songs alone and with others
    1 by matching pitches and using the head voice;
    2 by singing three-pitch (mi, sol, la) songs, using echo and ensemble singing.
    The student will play a variety of pitched and non-pitched instruments alone and with others, including
    1 playing two-pitch melodies, using imitation;
    2 playing expressively with appropriate dynamics and tempo
    3 accompanying songs and chants, using body percussion as well as instruments;
    4 using proper playing techniques
    The student will perform rhythmic patterns that include quarter notes, paired eighth notes, and quarter rests, using instruments, body percussion and voice.
    The student will demonstrate the difference between melodic rhythm (the way the words go) and steady beat, alone or with others.
    1.7 The student will demonstrate melodic rhythm using instruments, body percussion and voice.
    1.8 The student will respond to music with movement, including
    1 using locomotor and non-locomotor movements;
    2 demonstrating high and low pitches;
    3 demonstrating expressive qualities of music, including changes in dynamics and tempo;
    4 performing line and circle dances;
    5 performing dances and other music activities from a variety of cultures;
    6 dramatizing songs, stories, and poems.
    1.9 The student will recognize and respond appropriately to basic conducting cues (start, stop).
    1.10 The student will create music by
    1 improvising musical responses to given melodic or rhythmic questions;
    2 improvising body percussion;
    3 improvising to enhance stories, songs, and poems;
    4 composing simple rhythmic patterns using traditional or nontraditional notation.
    Music History and Cultural Context
    1.11 The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music by
    1 recognizing how music is used in customs and traditions of variety of cultures
    2 describing the roles of music and musicians;
    3 identifying musicians in the school, community, and media;
    4 describing how people participate in music experiences
    5 recognizing a composer's motivation for creating music.
    The student will identify behaviors appropriate to different types of events/situations (e.g.' classical concert, rock concert, sporting event).
    1.13 The student will identify the relationships between music and other fields of knowledge.
    Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique
    1.14 The student will analyze music by
    identifying and classifying the timbres of pitched and non-pitched instruments by sounds and ensemble use;
    2 differentiating vocal and instrumental music
    3 distinguishing between accompanied and unaccompanied vocal music;
    4 recognizing differences in melodic movement, rhythmic patterns, and dynamic contrast.
    The student will identify elements of performances that he/she likes or dislikes and explain why.
    The student will demonstrate manners and teamwork that contribute to success in the music classroom.
    1.17 The student will explain the purpose of music in various settings.
    The student will describe personal ideas and emotions evoked by music through written, verbal, movement or multi-media response.