• DVUSD General Music
    SCHOOL GRADE: 6th Grade
    The standards for 6th General Music enable students to continue acquiring musical knowledge and skills by singing, playing instruments, performing rhythms, moving to music, composing, and improvising. Students explore music theory by reading and writing music notation, and they become familiar with a variety of musical styles and musical works from different periods of music history. 6th Grade standards assume that K-5 Grade standards have been taught.
    (NOTE: It is recommended for 6th grade students to participate in a performance class/ensemble (chorus, band, other instrumental ensemble) vs a General Music experience
    Music Theory/Literacy
    6.1 The student will read and notate music, including
    1 identifying melodic patterns;
    2 recognizing diatonic intervals;
    3 identifying notes written on the bass staff;
    4 notating melodies on the treble staff, with emphasis on steps, skips, and leaps;
    5 begin using a system of moveable do and integrate key signatures up to three flats and three sharps.
    6 reading and notating rhythmic patterns that include all previous note values; and triplets, combinations of dotted eighth notes and sixteenth notes, in simple, complex, and compound time signatures.
    7 identifying the meaning of the upper and lower numbers of time signatures;
    8 classifying chords as major or minor;
    9 identifying contrasting meters.
    6.2 The student will perform a varied repertoire of music, including
    1 demonstrating acceptable performance behaviors (appropriate tone, diction, posture, breath control, mallet technique);
    2 following dynamic, tempo, articulation, and phrase markings;
    3 singing or playing music in unison and simple harmony.
    6.3 The student will play a variety of pitched and non-pitched instruments, including
    1 singing or playing melodies and accompaniments written on the treble staff
    2 playing music in a variety of ensembles.
    The student will perform rhythmic patterns that include all previous note values; and triplets, combinations of dotted eighth notes and sixteenth notes, in simple, complex, and compound time signatures.
    6.5 The student will create music through a variety of sound and notational sources by
    1 improvising four-measure melodic and rhythmic phrases;
    2 composing at least four-measure melodies and rhythms;
    3 Improvised accompaniment using tonic and dominant chords.
    6.6 Responding expressively to conducting cues
    Music History and Cultural Context
    6.7 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;
    identifying ways in which culture and technology influence the development of music and musical styles, including the ways sound is manipulated;
    3 examining career options in music;
    4 identifying the relationship of music to the other fine arts and other fields of knowledge;
    identifying ethical standards as applied to the use of social media and copyrighted materials;
    6 demonstrating concert etiquette as an active listener or participant;
    7 Identifying instruments by family.
    Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique
    6.8 The student will analyze and interpret music by
    examining the importance of cultural influences and historical context for the interpretation of works of music and related subject matter;
    2 describing works of music, using inquiry skills and music terminology;
    3 describe the effect an instrument's physical properties will have upon its sound.
    6.9 The student will evaluate and critique music by
    1 examining and applying accepted criteria for evaluating works of music;
    2 describing performances of music, using music terminology;
    3 applying accepted criteria for critiquing musical performances of self and others.
    The student will define terms and symbols used in music notation as identified in previous grade levels
    6.11 The student will investigate aesthetic concepts related to music by
    1 identifying reasons for preferences among works of music;
    identifying ways in which music evokes sensory, emotional, and intellectual responses, including ways in which music can be persuasive;
    3 explaining the value of musical performance to the school community.