M/J Exploring Music 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 Essential (E) ☆ To be evaluated by Responding Items (R)

Students will be able to:

  • identify musical characteristics of a selection that enhance lyrics and communicate ideas, meanings, and/or emotion.
  • explain how various instruments convey a specific thought, mood, or emotion through timbre and tone quality.
  • describe how composers use expression and instruments to create a picture or convey specific ideas, e.g., Saint-Saëns – “Carnival of the Animals”.

Students will know:

  • Expression Markings: articulation, phrasing
  • Harmony
  • Timbre
  • Orchestration
  • Program music
  • Scales