Grade 6

Sing (IL 26B; Nat’l 1)

  • Sing individually in an expressive manner, maintaining proper pitch and diction, while demonstrating breath control, tempo, and dynamics.
  • From memory, sing music written in two and three parts, with attention to balance and intonation.
  • Sing melodies in the treble and bass clef.
  • Sing musical selections from diverse cultures and styles in a variety of music meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, etc.).

Play Instruments (IL 26B; Nat’l 2)

  • Perform individually or in ensembles, demonstrating fundamental skills and basic performance techniques.

Improvise (Nat’l 3, 4)

  • Improvise simple harmonic accompaniments to familiar songs.
  • Improvise short songs and/or instrumental selections using a variety of sounds (body sounds, voices, electronic devices, etc.).
  • Arrange simple accompaniments to familiar songs.

Read and Notate Music (IL 26A; Nat’l 5)

  • Use standard terminology in explaining music, music notation, musical instruments and voices, and musical performances.
  • Write and count eighth, sixteenth, and thirty-second notes and rests in 4/4.
  • Identify line and space notes of bass clef.
  • Distinguish between treble and bass clef notes.
  • Read simple melodies in the treble and bass clef.

Listen and Describe (IL 25A, 25B, 26A; Nat’l 6)

  • Analyze the uses of elements of music in musical selections representing diverse genres and cultures.
  • Listen to and compare and contrast a variety of tempos in a musical example.
  • Listen to and describe the tone color of instruments heard from a variety of cultures.
  • Listen to and match musical selections with designated composers.
  • Practice concert etiquette as an actively involved audience member during performances.

Evaluate (Nat’l 7)

  • Develop criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of music performances.

Cross-curricular (Nat’l 8)

  • Analyze the inter-relationship of the arts by relating the elements of music (rhythm, harmony, form, etc.) to other art forms.
  • Evaluate how technology enhances music production within various venues.
  • Explore a musical style(e.g., opera, musical theater).

Cultural (IL 27A; Nat’l 9)

  • Compare several cultures of the world and examine functions of music, composers, and historical period in which music was created.
  • Examine significant musical works and historical periods in which they were created.

Grade 7

Music Making

Sing (IL 26B; Nat’l 1)

Play Instruments (IL 26B; Nat’l 2, 3, 4)

Music Literacy

Read and Notate Music (IL 26A; Nat’l 5)

Interpretation & Evaluation

Listen and Describe (IL 25A, 26A, 27B; Nat’l 6)

Evaluate (Nat’l 7)

Making Connections

Cross-curricular (Nat’l 8)

Cultural (IL 25B, 27A, 27B; Nat’l 9)

Grade 8

Music Making

Sing (IL 26B; Nat'l 1)

Play Instruments (IL 26B; Nat'l 2, 3, 4)

Music Literacy

Read and Notate Music (IL 26A; Nat'l 5)

Interpretation & Evaluation

Listen and Describe (IL 25A, 25B, 26A; Nat'l 6)

Evaluate (Nat'l 7)

Making Connections

Cross-curricular (IL 27A; Nat'l 8)

Cultural (27B; Nat'l 9)