M/J Band 3: 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:

  • recognize how a composer varies dynamics, tempo, articulations, phrasing, tonality, timbre, and orchestration to create a mood or feeling
    • how to describe musical elements such as expression markings, tempo, dynamics, articulations, and phrase structure
    • the difference between how major and minor sound (e.g. happy versus sad)
  • explain how media uses the emotional qualities of music to enhance the presentation of drama, action, or other visual images
    • varying media in which music is used to create emotion (e.g. the news, weather, movies, cartoons)
  • analyze excerpts from programmatic pieces through works being studied in class or recordings, and explain how the composer used compositional techniques to tell a story
    • compositional techniques found in programmatic works (e.g. idee fixe within Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique)

Students will know:

  • how to describe musical elements such as tempo, dynamics, articulations, style, and phrase structure
  • how to describe musical elements such as expression markings, tempo, dynamics, articulations, and phrase structure
  • the difference between how major and minor sound (e.g. happy versus sad)
  • varying media in which music is used to create emotion (e.g. the news, weather, movies, cartoons)
  • compositional techniques found in programmatic works (e.g. idee fixe within Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique)