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.


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.

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