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Music DESK Standards

DESK Music Standards and Ideas

DESK Music Standards

MUSIC: Explore musical skills and concepts through song/singing, playing simple instruments, using listening/aural skills, and simple notation to learn about melody, harmony, rhythm/meter, form, timbre and expressive qualities. Apply these skills to music activities. 

  1. Create: Students will develop, organize, complete, and refine new musical ideas and work.

  2. Perform: Students will analyze, interpret, select and develop techniques for a musical performance.

  3. Respond: Students will analyze, interpret intent, evaluate, and articulate how music conveys meaning.

  4. Connect: Students will connect musical knowledge from historical, societal and cultural experiences to deepen understanding of their world and community

Elementary Fine Arts Standards

Create

Create: Students will develop, organize, complete, and refine new musical ideas and work.

This is not as difficult as it may sound. Below are some simple ideas on how to achieve the Create standard while teaching your students.

  1. Add verses, or rewrite word to songs.
  2. Have students imitate rhythmic or melodic patterns. Then do a question answer where you do a simple pattern, and they respond a little differently for the answer. This is comparable to call and response.
  3. Simplify what students are creating with.
    1. Use a limited set of tones, or pitches.
    2. Use simple nursery rhymes or other familiar text and have students come up with an accompanying melody or rhythmic pattern.
    3. Allow students to use manipulatives that demonstrate one musical idea of either one rhythm, or one pitch and then create a pattern using 2-4 manipulatives to start, and increasing the pattern from there.
    4. Use simple rhythms such as:
      Quater note, quater rest, and eighth note pair
  4. Have students share their ideas with other classmates.
  5. Discuss personal reasons for choosing their musical ideas, and what they would like to change.
  6. Give students the opportunity to edit, and revise their work and make adjustments according to feedback.

Perform

Perform: Students will analyze, interpret, select and develop techniques for a musical performance.

A musical performance does not have to be in front of a large crowd, it can be as simple as performing in front of classmates, teachers, or can be extended further out to family and friends. Below are some simple ideas to achieve the Perform standards while you teaching your students.

  1. Discuss elements of a piece of music you are learning. Have the students identify some of their favorite parts of the piece and share why it is their favorite.
  2. Have students make suggestions on the dynamics and tempo of the piece they are learning, and have them share why they would prefer it that way.
  3. Explore the piece of music through movement through a variety of locomotor and non-locomotor movements.
  4. Explore the range and various qualities of the voice.
    1. Sing a variety of simple songs.
    2. Respond to visual representation of melodic contour and pitch patterns.
    3. Perform a rhyme of song with ostinato. (repeated pattern)
    4. Perform steady beat or rhythmic patterns with body percussion or simple percussion.
    5. Respond with body percussion, voice, or simple instruments to a visual representation of musical patterns.
  5. Watch and follow the conductor demonstrating good listening skills, and persistence.
  6. Play games that show how to stop, start, and stay together.

Respond

Respond: Students will analyze interpret intent, evaluate, and articulate how music conveys meaning.

Students can respond to any form of music recorded, live performances, or even their own performances. Below are some simple ideas on how to achieve the Respond standard while teaching your students.

  1. While listening to various genres of music work to identify repeating patterns.
  2. Practice steady beat or repeated rhythmic patterns using movements while listening to various genres of music.
  3. Identify expressive elements of music such as tempo dynamic, timbre. (slow/fast, loud/soft, instruments.)
  4. Discuss how the music makes students feel, and have students describe the feelings or imagery the music invokes.
  5. Using movement show feelings conveyed by the music. Include motion, energy, space, and time.
  6. Compare and contrast different types of music. You can use the elements of music as a reference such as rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, form, texture, and dynamics.
  7. Have the students identify which piece of music is their favorite and share why it is their favorite.

Connect

Connect: Students will connect musical knowledge from historical, societal and cultural experiences to deepen understanding of their world and community.

Music can connect to many things throughout history. This standard can be achieved many times while reaching other music standards. Below are some simple ideas on how to achieve the Connect standard while teaching your students.

  1. Have the students share when they have noticed music. What did they notice and why do they still remember it now?
  2. Use history and cultural context when teaching music to connect to social studies.
  3. Have music be a way to remember information in other content areas.
  4. Explore by comparing and contrasting music from other cultures.
  5. Describe a musical family tradition. 

Music Integration

Elementary Music Trainings

Elementary Music Trainings

First page of the PDF file: MusicMeetingSchedule2019-2020

Resources

Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.”

– Ernest Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation

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