M/J Chorus 1

Course State Description:

Students with little or no choral experience develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and 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.68.C.1.1 BAC  Develop strategies for listening to unfamiliar musical works.
  • MU.68.C.1.4 I R  Identify, aurally, a variety of vocal styles and ensembles.
  • Understanding 2: Assessing our own and others' artistic work, using critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, is central to artistic growth.
  • MU.68.C.2.2 E R  Critique, using correct music vocabulary, changes in one's own or others' musical performance resulting from practice or rehearsal.
  • 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 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.68.F.3.2 NTK R  Investigate and discuss laws that protect intellectual property, and practice safe, legal, and responsible acquisition and use of musical media.
  • 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.68.H.1.1 I R  Describe the functions of music from various cultures and time periods.
  • Understanding 2: The arts reflect and document cultural trends and historical events, and help explain how new directions in the arts have emerged.
  • MU.68.H.2.3 I R  Classify the literature being studied by genre, style, and/or time period.
  • 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.68.H.3.1 NTK R  Identify connections among music and other content areas and/or contexts through interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • MU.68.H.3.2 BAC  Discuss how the absence of music would affect other content areas and contexts.
  • 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.68.O.1.1 I R  Compare performances of a musical work to identify artistic choices made by performers.
  • Understanding 3: Every art form uses its own unique language, verbal and non-verbal, to document and communicate with the world.
  • MU.68.O.3.1 I R  Describe how the combination of instrumentation and expressive elements in a musical work can convey a specific thought, idea, mood, and/or image.
  • Big Idea: Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6-12

    Understanding 2: Craft and Structure
  • LAFS.68.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 6-8 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.68.S.2.1 BAC  Sustain focused attention, respect, and discipline during classes and performances.
  • Understanding 1: The arts are inherently experiential and actively engage learners in the processes of creating, interpreting, and responding to art.
  • MU.68.S.1.1 BAC C  Improvise rhythmic and melodic phrases to accompany familiar songs and/or standard harmonic progressions.
  • MU.68.S.1.3 BAC C  Arrange a short musical piece by manipulating melody, form, rhythm, and/or voicing.
  • MU.68.S.1.4 BAC  Sing or play melodies by ear with support from the teacher and/or peers.
  • Understanding 3: Through purposeful practice, artists learn to manage, master, and refine simple, then complex, skills and techniques.
  • MU.68.S.3.1 E P  Sing and/or play age-appropriate repertoire expressively.
  • MU.68.S.3.2 E P  Demonstrate proper vocal or instrumental technique.
  • MU.68.S.3.3 E P  Sight-read standard exercises and simple repertoire.
  • MU.68.S.3.5 E R  Notate rhythmic phrases and/or melodies, in varying simple meters, performed by someone else.
  • Big Idea: Standards for Speaking and Listening

    Understanding 1: Comprehension and Collaboration
  • LAFS.6.SL.1.1 BAC  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LAFS.6.SL.1.2 BAC  Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • LAFS.6.SL.1.3 BAC  Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
  • Understanding 2: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
  • LAFS.6.SL.2.4 BAC  Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • Big Idea: Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

    Understanding 2: Production and Distribution of Writing
  • LAFS.68.WHST.2.4 BAC  Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Understanding 3: Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • LAFS.68.WHST.3.9 BAC  Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.