M/J Music Theory 1

Course State Description:

Students discover how music works with an exploratory introduction to the compositional process, and develop fluency in music notation and rhythmic skills, as well as knowledge of basic form. Acquisition of basic aural and keyboard skills provides students with skills to express themselves creatively through music. Public performances may serve as a resource for specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend one or more performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

    Big Idea: Critical Thinking and Reflection

    Understanding 1: Cognition and reflection are required to appreciate, interpret, and create with artistic intent.
  • MU.68.C.1.1 BAC  Develop strategies for listening to unfamiliar musical works.
  • MU.68.C.1.2 I R  Compare, using correct music vocabulary, the aesthetic impact of a performance to one's own hypothesis of the composer's intent.
  • Understanding 2: Assessing our own and others' artistic work, using critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, is central to artistic growth.
  • MU.68.C.2.3 BAC  Critique personal composition and/or improvisation, using simple criteria, to generate improvements with guidance from teachers and/or peers.
  • Understanding 3: The processes of critiquing works of art lead to development of critical-thinking skills transferable to other contexts.
  • MU.68.C.3.1 BAC  Apply specific criteria to evaluate why a musical work is an exemplar in a specific style or genre.
  • Big Idea: English Language Development for English Language Learners

    Understanding SI: Language of Social and Instructional Purposes
  • ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1 BAC  English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.
  • Big Idea: Innovation, Technology, and the Future

    Understanding 1: Creating, interpreting, and responding in the arts stimulate the imagination and encourage innovation and creative risk-taking.
  • MU.68.F.1.1 BAC  Create a composition and/or performance, using visual, kinesthetic, digital, and/or acoustic means to manipulate musical elements.
  • Understanding 2: Careers in and related to the arts significantly and positively impact local and global economies.
  • MU.68.F.2.1 BAC  Describe several routes a composition or performance could travel from creator to consumer.
  • Understanding 3: The 21st-century skills necessary for success as citizens, workers, and leaders in a global economy are embedded in the study of the arts.
  • MU.68.F.3.2 BAC  Investigate and discuss laws that protect intellectual property, and practice safe, legal, and responsible acquisition and use of musical media.
  • MU.68.F.3.3 BAC  Identify the tasks involved in the compositional process and discuss how the process might be applied in the work place.
  • Big Idea: Historical and Global Connections

    Understanding 2: The arts reflect and document cultural trends and historical events, and help explain how new directions in the arts have emerged.
  • MU.68.H.2.2 BAC  Analyze how technology has changed the way music is created, performed, acquired, and experienced.
  • MU.68.H.2.3 BAC  Classify the literature being studied by genre, style, and/or time period.
  • Understanding 3: Connections among the arts and other disciplines strengthen learning and the ability to transfer knowledge and skills to and from other fields.
  • MU.68.H.3.1 BAC  Identify connections among music and other content areas and/or contexts through interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • MU.68.H.3.2 BAC  Discuss how the absence of music would affect other content areas and contexts.
  • Big Idea: Mathematical Practice

    Understanding 5: Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • MAFS.K12.MP.5.1 BAC  Use appropriate tools strategically. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. They detect possible errors. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.
  • Understanding 6: Attend to precision.
  • MAFS.K12.MP.6.1 BAC  Attend to precision. Proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose.
  • Understanding 7: Look for and make use of structure.
  • MAFS.K12.MP.7.1 BAC  Look for and make use of structure. Proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure. They recognize the significance of an existing line in a geometric figure and can use the strategy of drawing an auxiliary line for solving problems. They also can step back for an overview and shift perspective. They can see complicated things, such as some algebraic expressions, as single objects or as being composed of several objects.
  • Big Idea: Organizational Structure

    Understanding 2: The structural rules and conventions of an art form serve as both a foundation and departure point for creativity.
  • MU.68.O.2.2 BAC  Demonstrate knowledge of major and minor tonalities through performance and composition.
  • Understanding 3: Every art form uses its own unique language, verbal and non-verbal, to document and communicate with the world.
  • MU.68.O.3.1 BAC  Describe how the combination of instrumentation and expressive elements in a musical work can convey a specific thought, idea, mood, and/or image.
  • Big Idea: Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6-12

    Understanding 2: Craft and Structure
  • LAFS.68.RST.2.4 BAC  Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
  • Big Idea: Skills, Techniques, and Processes

    Understanding 2: Development of skills, techniques, and processes in the arts strengthens our ability to remember, focus on, process, and sequence information.
  • DA.68.S.2.1 BAC  Sustain focused attention, respect, and discipline during classes and performances.
  • Understanding 1: The arts are inherently experiential and actively engage learners in the processes of creating, interpreting, and responding to art.
  • MU.68.S.1.1 BAC  Improvise rhythmic and melodic phrases to accompany familiar songs and/or standard harmonic progressions.
  • MU.68.S.1.3 BAC  Arrange a short musical piece by manipulating melody, form, rhythm, and/or voicing.
  • MU.68.S.1.4 BAC  Sing or play melodies by ear with support from the teacher and/or peers.
  • MU.68.S.1.6 BAC  Compose a melody, with or without lyrics, over a standard harmonic progression.
  • MU.68.S.1.8 BAC  Demonstrate specified mixing and editing techniques using selected software and hardware.
  • Understanding 3: Through purposeful practice, artists learn to manage, master, and refine simple, then complex, skills and techniques.
  • MU.68.S.3.3 BAC  Sight-read standard exercises and simple repertoire.
  • MU.68.S.3.4 BAC  Compare written notation to aural examples and analyze for accuracy of rhythm and pitch.
  • MU.68.S.3.5 BAC  Notate rhythmic phrases and/or melodies, in varying simple meters, performed by someone else.
  • Big Idea: Standards for Speaking and Listening

    Understanding 1: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • LAFS.6.SL.1.1 BAC  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LAFS.6.SL.1.2 BAC  Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • LAFS.6.SL.1.3 BAC  Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
  • Understanding 2: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
  • LAFS.6.SL.2.4 BAC  Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • Big Idea: Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

    Understanding 1: Text Types and Purposes
  • LAFS.68.WHST.1.2 BAC  Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
  • Understanding 3: Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • LAFS.68.WHST.3.9 BAC  Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.