• DVUSD General Music
    SCHOOL GRADE: 4th Grade
    The standards for 4th Grade General Music emphasize a deeper understanding of musical concepts,
    including singing, playing instruments, listening, creating, composing, and performing. Students
    continue to expand their knowledge of orchestral instruments and music from various cultures.
    Students gain understanding of music styles and listen to, analyze, and describe music. 4th Grade Standards assume that K-3 standards have been taught.
    Music Theory/Literacy
    4.1 The student will read and notate music, including
    reading melodies of increasing complexity based on a pentatonic scale using solfege or scale degrees;
    2 using traditional notation to write melodies containing stepwise motion;
    3 reading two-note accompaniment patterns (bordun);
    reading and notating rhythmic patterns that include dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note and previously learned rhythms;
    using a system to sight-read melodic and rhythmic patterns (scale degrees, solfege, letter names);
    identifying the meaning of the upper and lower numbers of simple time signatures (2/4, 3/4, 4/4) and react to conducting cues in these time signatures;
    identify dynamic markings (p,mp, mf, f,) accidentals, phrase markings, rehearsal marks, and key signatures;
    8 reviewing treble clef note names
    4.2 The student will sing a varied repertoire of songs alone and with others, a capella and accompanied.
    1 singing with a clear tone quality and correct intonation;
    2 singing pentatonic melodies;
    3 singing melodies written on the treble staff;
    4 singing with expression using dynamics and phrasing;
    5 singing in simple harmony and reviewing partner songs and rounds;
    6 demonstrating proper posture for singing.
    4.3 The student will play a variety of pitched and non-pitched instruments alone and with others, including
    1 playing music of increasing difficulty in two-part ensembles;
    2 playing melodies of increasing difficulty written on the treble staff;
    3 playing a given melody on a wind or string instrument
    4 playing with expression, using dynamics and phrasing;
    5 accompanying songs and chants with I, IV, V, V7 chords;
    6 demonstrating proper playing techniques.
    4.4 The student will perform rhythmic patterns that include dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note.
    4.5 The student will respond to music with movement by
    1 performing improvised and choreographed movements;
    2 performing traditional folk dances and other music activities;
    3 creating movement to illustrate rondo (ABACA) musical form.
    4.6 The student will create music by
    1 improvising melodies and rhythms, using a variety of sound sources and given time frames;
    2 composing short melodic and rhythmic phrases within specified guidelines;
    3 composing using contemporary media and technology.
    Music History and Cultural Context
    4.7 The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music by
    1 identifying representative composers and music compositions/instruments from four different periods of music history;
    2 placing musical examples into categories of style;
    3 listening to and describing music from a variety of world cultures correlating to grade level social studies curriculum;
    4 examining how music from popular culture reflects the past and influences the present.
    The student will demonstrate audience and participant behaviors appropriate for the purposes and settings in which music is performed.
    4.9 The student will compare the relationships between music and other fields of knowledge
    Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique
    4.10 The student will analyze music by
    1 identifying instruments from a variety of music ensembles visually and aurally;
    2 distinguishing between major and minor tonality
    listening to, comparing, and contrasting music compositions from a variety of cultures and time periods;
    4 identifying elements of music through listening, using music terminology;
    5 identifying rondo form (ABACA) and round.
    4.11 The student will evaluate and critique music by
    1 reviewing criteria used to evaluate compositions and performances;
    2 describing performances and offering constructive feedback
    The student will identify characteristics and behaviors that lead to success as a musician and different musical career paths.
    4.13 The student will explain personal preferences for musical works and performances;
    4.14 The student will explain how criteria used to value music may vary from one culture to another.
    4.15 The student will describe how personal beliefs influence responses to music.