M/J Orchestra 3: MU.68.C.2.2

Big Idea: Critical Thinking and Reflection
  • Understanding: Assessing our own and others' artistic work, using critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, is central to artistic growth.
    • Benchmark: Critique, using correct music vocabulary, changes in one's own or others' musical performance resulting from practice or rehearsal.
☆ Categorized as Essential (E) ☆ To be evaluated by Responding Items (R)

Students will be able to:

  • discuss technique as a foundation to aesthetic music making and identify resources and exercises for developing technique.
    • posture, playing technique
  • self-assess based on teacher criteria.
    • assessment criteria
  • identify strategies for purposeful practice and display preparation for class through evidence of home practice.
  • identify elements used to evaluate the quality of a recording or performance, e.g., intonation, balance, ensemble playing, technique, tone quality, phrasing, and expression.
    • intonation, balance, blend, tone quality, phrasing, expression
  • evaluate a musical performance based on the criteria developed in class.
  • compare a recording of a piece by a professional orchestra to a recording of the same piece performed by the class.
  • critique class recordings of a piece at different stages of the instructional process.
  • support ensemble members through productive appraisal and mentoring.
  • compare and critique recordings of different groups playing the same piece at MPA.

Students will know:

  • posture, playing technique
  • intonation, balance, blend, tone quality, phrasing, expression
  • assessment criteria