M/J Music Theory 1: MU.68.O.3.1

Big Idea: Organizational Structure
  • Understanding: Every art form uses its own unique language, verbal and non-verbal, to document and communicate with the world.
    • Benchmark: Describe how the combination of instrumentation and expressive elements in a musical work can convey a specific thought, idea, mood, and/or image.
☆ Categorized as Best Assessed in the Classroom (BAC)

Students will be able to:

  • discuss how a composer uses musical devices to create an expressive impact in the pieces played or heard by students.
    • musical communication of thought, idea, mood, and/or image
    • instrumentation/voicing, tempo markings, expression markings, articulation markings, phrasing, scales, timbre, rhythm, orchestration, or lyrics
  • describe how the combination of instrumentation and expressive elements in a musical work can convey a specific thought, idea, mood, and/or image
  • analyze and discuss the choices a composer makes to communicate a specific message.

Students will know:

  • instrumentation
  • expressive elements
  • musical communication of thought, idea, mood, and/or image
  • instrumentation/voicing, tempo markings, expression markings, articulation markings, phrasing, scales, timbre, rhythm, orchestration, or lyrics