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Standard Based Grading



4 = exceptional; consistently exceeding

3 = proficient; excellent and at grade level

2 = working toward; not consistently showing the learning 

1 = inadequate; consistently not meeting grade level

Expression of Music


Sing and play on time, using correct pitch, rhythm, phrasing, and practice.


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Creation of Music


Compose original parts of music, improvise and arrange existing music.



Theory of Music


Apply music language and notation.  Apply expressive and foundational elements: ie. loud/soft, fast/slow, connected notes/separated notes, and chord analysis.



Aesthetic Valuation of Music 


Interpret and describe musical from a variety of styles, genres, and cultures; explain the reasoning for personal preferences and how music is used in society and culture across time.





You might see proficient students:

  • Singing or playing various instruments (e.g. stringed/orchestral, brass or woodwind/band, percussion, guitar, piano, electronic instruments) while exploring different musical styles; responding to a leader or conductor when applicable.
  • Planning and practicing for improvement of technique and skills.
  • Writing, inventing (improvising), and revising (arranging) rhythmic and melodic phrases.
  • Demonstrating comprehension of the language of music by reading, writing (music notation), listening to, and describing the components (analyzing) music.
  • Analyzing/evaluating their own musical performances based on a set of self-developed criteria incorporating specific music terminology; connecting music to culture, history, and society as well as their own emotions and lived experiences.‚Äč


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