Intermediate Music 2: MU.4.C.2.1

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: Identify and describe basic music performance techniques to provide a foundation for critiquing one's self and others.
☆ Categorized as Important (I) ☆ To be evaluated by Responding Items (R)

Students will be able to:

  • sing or play with expression and style appropriate to the music performed.
  • sing or play instruments with others, blending vocal/instrumental timbres, matching dynamic levels, tempo, and pitch, and responding to the cues of a conductor.
  • demonstrate healthy singing techniques.
  • demonstrate proper playing technique on instruments.
  • identify and discuss elements that contribute to a successful performance.

Students will know:

  • Performance technique: balance, blend, accurate intonation, start together
  • Vocal techniques: posture, head voice, breath support, voice placement, unified vowels, articulated consonants
  • Instrumental techniques: posture, mallet/hand technique, tone quality
  • Expressive characteristics: f, p, crescendo, decrescendo