• DVUSD General Music
    SCHOOL GRADE: 3rd Grade
    The standards for 3rd Grade General Music enable students to continue building mastery in the areas of music literacy, including singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, and creating/composing music. Students also develop skills and understanding through the study of rhythm, musical form and melodic notation. Students investigate the roles of music in various cultures and reflect on their personal motivations for making music. 3rd Grade Standards assume that K-2 standards have been taught.
    Music Theory/Literacy
    3.1 The student will read and notate music, including
    1 identifying written melodic movement as step, skip, leap, or repeat;
    2 demonstrating the melodic shape (contour) of a written musical phrase;
    3 using traditional notation to write melodies on the treble staff (treble note names)
    4 reading melodies of increasing complexity based on a pentatonic scale.
    5 dividing rhythms into measures;
    reading and notating rhythmic patterns that include sixteenth notes, single eighth notes, eighth rests, and dotted half notes;
    explaining the functions of basic music symbols (dynamics, time signatures, bar line, double bar line, repeat sign;
    8 describe AB, ABA, and rounds.
    3.2 The student will sing a varied repertoire of songs alone and with others including
    1 singing in tune with a clear tone quality;
    2 singing melodies within the range of an octave;
    3 singing melodies written on the treble staff using solfege or scale degrees;
    4 singing with expression, using a wide range of tempos and dynamics;
    5 singing rounds, partner songs, and ostinati in two-part ensembles;
    6 maintaining proper posture for singing.
    The student will play a variety of pitched and non-pitched instruments alone and with others, including
    1 playing music in two-part ensembles;
    2 playing written and memorized melodies from/on the treble staff;
    3 playing with expression, using a wide range of tempos and dynamics;
    4 accompanying songs and chants using ostinati and I and V (V7) chords;
    5 demonstrating the proper playing techniques.
    The student will perform rhythmic patterns that include sixteenth notes, single eighth notes,eighth rests, and dotted half notes.
    3.5 The student will demonstrate understanding of meter by
    1 determining strong and weak beats;
    2 performing in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time.
    3.6 The student will respond to music with movement by
    1 illustrating 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 time.
    2 creating movements to illustrate form
    performing improvised and choreographed movements, including line and circle dances;
    4 performing dances and other music activities from a variety of cultures.
    3.7 The student will create music by
    1 improvising rhythmic and melodic phrases (question and answer, eight beat, two bar, etc.)
    2 improvising accompaniments, including ostinatos;
    3 composing pentatonic melodies using traditional notation.
    3.8 The student will respond properly to basic conducting cues. (start, stop, tempo)
    Music History and Cultural Context
    3.9 The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music by
    recognizing four music compositions and their composers from four different periods of music history;
    2 listening to and describing examples of non-Western instruments.
    The student will demonstrate audience and participant behaviors appropriate for the purposes and settings in which music is performed.
    3.11 The student will describe the relationships between music and other fields of knowledge.
    3.12 The student will identify different musical careers.
    Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique
    3.13 The student will analyze music by
    1 identifying and explaining examples of musical form;

    2 identifying instruments from the four orchestral families visually and aurally.
    3 listening to and describing basic music elements;
    4 comparing and contrasting stylistic differences in music from various styles and cultures.
    The student will evaluate and critique music by describing music compositions and performances using music terminology.
    The student will collaborate with others to create a musical presentation and acknowledge individual contributions as an integral part of the whole.
    The student will examine ways in which the music of a culture reflects its people's attitudes and beliefs.
    3.17 The student will explain personal motivations for making music.
    3.18 The student will describe why music has quality and value.
    The student will describe personal ideas, emotions, and scenarios evoked by music through written, verbal, movement or multi-media response.