Illinois Learning Standards
Stage G - Fine Arts—Music
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Describe tempo(s), dynamic(s), and articulation(s) in
an aural example using appropriate terminology.
- Replicate the beat and rhythms of a given musical example.
- Distinguish between duple and triple meter in a musical
- Identify major and minor tonalites in an aural musical
- Identify intervals in an aural example.
- Describe the texture and harmony of a given aural example.
- Define large musical forms (e.g., symphony, cantata).
- Critique the appropriate use of organizational and sensory
elements to create a mood, emotion, or idea in music of
their own and that of others.
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Compare and contrast two works in one art form that share
similar themes or subject matter examining artistic components
(i.e., elements, principles, expressive ideas; tools, processes,
technologies; creative processes).
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Describe basic sound production theory (electronic &
- Demonstrate basic vocal and/or instrumental production
techniques (e.g., breath support, posture, and bowing).
- Use standard notation to record one's own and other's
- Sing and play accurately and with expression from standard
notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation,
- Sight-read simple melodies and rhythms.
- Explain the process that at least one composer uses(d)
to create music.
- Explain the interaction of performers and conductors.
- Demonstrate or describe efficient practice/rehearsal procedures.
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Sing or play music that has a difficulty level of 3 (on
a scale of 1 to 6) on pitch; in rhythm; with appropriate
timbre; with a steady tempo; with good breath, bow, mallet
or fingering control; and with clear articulation/ diction.
- Improvise rhythmic and melodic variations on given melodies.
- Compose/arrange music within specific guidelines and style.
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Demonstrate good audience behavior and evaluate the behavior
of self and others.
- Describe how audience behavior changes a product or performance.
- Compare and contrast the function of the arts in two similar
types of ceremonies (e.g., parades - Thanksgiving Day Parade
and Mardi Gras; Opening Ceremony - Super Bowl and World
- Explain the way the various arts are used to persuade
and promote ideas in advertising.
- Explain the ways technology is used to communicate in
each of the arts.
- Describe in each art form at least two artists' roles
and how those roles contribute to the world of work.
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Determine the reasons why certain artists or works of
art reflect culture (e.g. totems, ritual).
- Connect artists or their works with the trends and/or
influences they create(d).
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