Music Theory 1

Course State Description:

Students learn how music is constructed and developed, and acquire a basic understanding of the structural, technical, and historical elements of music. Student theorists develop basic ear-training, keyboard, and functional singing skills, and engage in the creative process through individual and collaborative projects. 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.912.C.1.1 BAC  Apply listening strategies to promote appreciation and understanding of unfamiliar musical works.
  • MU.912.C.1.2 I R  Compare, using correct music vocabulary, the aesthetic impact of two or more performances of a musical work 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.912.C.2.2 I R  Evaluate performance quality in recorded and/or live performances.
  • MU.912.C.2.3 BAC  Evaluate one's own or other's compositions and/or improvisations and generate improvements independently or cooperatively.
  • Understanding 3: The processes of critiquing works of art lead to development of critical-thinking skills transferable to other contexts.
  • MU.912.C.3.1 NTK R  Make critical evaluations, based on exemplary models, of the quality and effectiveness of performances and apply the criteria to personal development in music.
  • 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.912.F.1.1 NTK R  "Analyze and evaluate the effect of ""traditional"" and contemporary technologies on the development of music."
  • 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.912.F.3.1 BAC  Analyze and describe how meeting one's responsibilities in music offers opportunities to develop leadership skills, and identify personal examples of leadership in school and/or non-school settings.
  • MU.912.F.3.2 NTK R  Summarize copyright laws that govern printed, recorded, and on-line music to promote legal and responsible use of intellectual property and technology.
  • MU.912.F.3.4 BAC  Design and implement a personal learning plan, related to the study of music, which demonstrates self-assessment, brain-storming, decision-making, and initiative to advance skills and/or knowledge.
  • Big Idea: Historical and Global Connections

    Understanding 1: Through study in the arts, we learn about and honor others and the worlds in which they live(d).
  • MU.912.H.1.2 E R  Compare the work of, and influences on, two or more exemplary composers in the performance medium studied in class.
  • Understanding 2: The arts reflect and document cultural trends and historical events, and help explain how new directions in the arts have emerged.
  • MU.912.H.2.2 BAC  Analyze current musical trends, including audience environments and music acquisition, to predict possible directions of music.
  • 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.912.H.3.1 NTK R  Apply knowledge of science, math, and music to demonstrate, through an acoustic or digital performance medium, how sound production affects musical performance.
  • Big Idea: Language Standards

    Understanding 1: Conventions of Standard English
  • LAFS.910.L.1.1 BAC  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • 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 1: Understanding the organizational structure of an art form provides a foundation for appreciation of artistic works and respect for the creative process.
  • MU.912.O.1.1 E R  Evaluate the organizational principles and conventions in musical works and discuss their effect on structure.
  • Understanding 3: Every art form uses its own unique language, verbal and non-verbal, to document and communicate with the world.
  • MU.912.O.3.1 I R  Analyze expressive elements in a musical work and describe how the choices and manipulations of the elements support, for the listener, the implied meaning of the composer/performer.
  • Big Idea: Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6-12

    Understanding 2: Craft and Structure
  • LAFS.910.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 9-10 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.912.S.2.1 BAC  Sustain focused attention, respect, and discipline during class, rehearsal, and performance.
  • Understanding 1: The arts are inherently experiential and actively engage learners in the processes of creating, interpreting, and responding to art.
  • MU.912.S.1.1 I C  Improvise rhythmic and melodic phrases over harmonic progressions.
  • MU.912.S.1.2 I C  Compose music for voices and/or acoustic, digital, or electronic instruments.
  • MU.912.S.1.3 I C  Arrange a musical work by manipulating two or more aspects of the composition.
  • MU.912.S.1.8 I C  Record, mix, and edit a recorded performance.
  • Understanding 3: Through purposeful practice, artists learn to manage, master, and refine simple, then complex, skills and techniques.
  • MU.912.S.3.2 E O  Sight-read music accurately and expressively to show synthesis of skills.
  • MU.912.S.3.3 E R  Transcribe aurally presented songs into melodic and/or rhythmic notation to show synthesis of aural and notational skills.
  • Big Idea: Standards for Speaking and Listening

    Understanding 1: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • LAFS.910.SL.1.1 BAC  Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • LAFS.910.SL.1.2 BAC  Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
  • LAFS.910.SL.1.3 BAC  Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
  • Understanding 2: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
  • LAFS.910.SL.2.4 BAC  Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
  • Big Idea: Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

    Understanding 3: Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • LAFS.910.WHST.3.9 BAC  Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.