M/J Orchestra 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 Important (I) ☆ To be evaluated by Responding Items (R)

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 (see MU.68.C.3.1).
  • describe the emotions expressed in a given piece of music, and predict how changes in musical elements, e.g., tempo, articulation, or mode, might change the feel of the given piece. (see MU.68.O.1.1)
    • expressive musical elements such as dynamics, tempi, and articulations
    • major and minor modalities
  • use knowledge of musical elements to describe the efficacy of performance mediums and musical styles in works intended for various events, such as marches for parades, thematic music for holiday celebrations, dirges for funerals, and fanfares for weddings.
    • music style periods and genres
  • discuss how emotions can be expressed in the other arts disciplines.
    • outstanding examples of visual art, theater, and dance that represent emotions
  • participate in an individual or group project to create a short piece which expresses a particular concept or emotion, and explain what compositional techniques were used to convey the intended meaning.

Students will know:

  • expressive musical elements such as dynamics, tempi, and articulations
  • major and minor modalities
  • outstanding examples of visual art, theater, and dance that represent emotions
  • music style periods and genres