• DVUSD General Music

    These standards for General Music build upon students’ musical knowledge and skills through increasingly complex experiences in singing, playing instruments, performing rhythms, moving to music, composing, and improvising. Exploration of music theory continues as students read and write increasingly complex music notation. Students compare and contrast the functions of music and investigate the impact of musicians, music consumers, and music advocates on the community. Through musical experiences, students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of music to history, culture, technology, and other fields of knowledge. 7th Grade standards assume that K-6 Grade standards have been taught. 
    NOTE: It is recommended for 7th and 8th grade students to participate in a performance class/ensemble (chorus, band, other instrumental ensemble) vs a General Music experience.
    Music Theory/Literacy
    7.1 The student will read and notate music, including
    1 identifying melodic patterns containing steps, skips, and leaps (major/minor scales);
    2 notating melodies on the treble staff and/or bass staff;
    3 reading melodic patterns using the diatonic scale identifying intervals;
    4 reading and notating rhythmic patterns that include sixteenth notes, dotted notes, and corresponding rests.
    7.2 The student will perform a varied repertoire of music, including
    1 demonstrating acceptable performance behaviors;
    2 performing with technical and stylistic accuracy, (vocal production, posture, tone quality, mallet technique etc.);
    3 singing or playing music written in two or more parts;
    4 playing melodies and accompaniments written on the treble staff and/or bass staff.
    The student will play music of increasing levels of difficulty on a variety of pitched and non-pitched instruments of the genre and culture explored.
    The student will perform rhythmic patterns that include sixteenth notes, dotted notes and corresponding rests.
    7.5 The student will respond to music with movement by
    1 using movement to illustrate musical styles;
    2 using choreography to interpret aspects of musical expression.
    7.6 The student will create music through a variety of sound and notational sources by
    1 improvising  eight-measure melodic and rhythmic phrases of increasing complexity;
    2 composing eight-measure melodies and rhythms;
    3 identifying contemporary media and technology used to create music;
    4 improvising harmonic accompaniment using tonic sub-dominant and dominant chords.
    7.7 Responding expressively to conducting cues. 
    Music History and Cultural Context
    7.8 The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music by
    identifying and describing the cultures, musical styles, composers, and historical periods associated with the music literature being studied.
    2 comparing and contrasting musical periods, styles, and genres;
    3 comparing and contrasting the functions of music in a variety of cultures;
    describing how musicians, consumers of music, and music advocates impact the community;
    5 comparing and contrasting career options in music;
    6 examining the relationship of music to the other fine arts and other fields of knowledge;
    explaining ethical standards as applied to the use of social media and copyrighted materials;
    8 consistently demonstrating concert etiquette as an active listener and participant;
    9 identify the origins and development of written music.
    Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique
    7.9 The student will analyze and interpret music by
    explaining the importance of cultural influences and historical context for the interpretation of works of music;
    2 describing and interpreting works of music, using inquiry skills and music terminology;
    identify and explain basic concepts behind science of sound, acoustics, and resonance intervals.
    7.10 The student will evaluate and critique music by
    1 applying accepted criteria for evaluation works of music;
    2 applying accepted criteria for critiquing musical performances of self and others;
    3 comparing and contrasting simple music form (AB, ABA, round, cannon).
    7.11 The student will investigate aesthetic concepts related to music by
    describing how time and place influence the characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of music;
    2 describing personal emotion and intellectual responses to works of music;
    3 analyzing ways in which music can evoke emotion and be persuasive;
    4 explaining the value of musical performance to the community.