MUSIC STANDARDS OF LEARNING
There are Standards of Learning in Music set for all grades in Virginia schools for the purpose of identifying the development of skills and knowledge in student achievement. Although they are not currently tested as in other core disciplines, these SOLS serve as guidelines of instructional strategies for classroom teaching. In Grades 6-8 (Middle School), students are developing skills on a higher level than previous study. The standards encourage the reading of musical notation and the understanding of the mechanics of a music score. The following are the basic standards of learning for Middle Schools.
The student will demonstrate an understanding of melody, rhythm, and harmony and perform music with voice and harmony.
The student will play/sing music from notation on the grand staff.
The student will demonstrate movement activities in the study of music including body percussion and dance.
The student will create melodies, rhythms, and harmonies by manipulating musical elements.
The student will identify music of diverse cultures, identify instruments, voice classifications, and develop an understanding of music terminology.
The students will investigate music sounds, forms, styles and genres through listening, writing, and performing.
The student will investigate the uses of music in daily experience and identify careers in music.
The student will demonstrate appropriate performance behavior as a participant and/or listener. He will exhibit respect for the contributions of self and others within a musical setting.
The student will identify and compare relationships between music and other disciplines.
CHORAL- Standards of Learning
There are four sequential and developmental levels in the Choral area: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Artist based on maturation and musicianship skills. The Beginning Level of the choral standards emphasizes vocal development, the study of traditional notation, and the introduction to ensemble singing.
The student will use posture and breathing techniques to support vocal production.
The student will sing with a free, clear tone and accurate intonation.
The student will sing with purity of vowels and clarity of consonants.
The student will demonstrate dynamics and tempo in individual and group setting.
The student will perform music in unison and harmony. CB. 6 The student will respond to basic conducting gestures.
The student will respond to music through movement.
The student will create similar style responses to given melodic and rhythmic phrases, compose a simple melody, use multimedia applications in creating original music.
The student will investigate reading and writing basic notation (notes, rests, symbols, and terms).
The student will identify simple musical forms.
The student will evaluate musical performances.
The student will study the relationship of music to other fine and performing arts.
The student will demonstrate concert etiquette as a performer and listener and contribute to the success of the ensemble.
The student will study selections representing historical periods, cultures, and diverse styles.
The Intermediate Level of the Choral Standards of Learning are designed for students who are competent in choral skills with emphasis on vocal production and ensemble participation. They require performance on an increased level as well as an understanding and application of tradition musical notation. CI. 1 The student will use posture and breathing techniques to support vocal productions. CI. 2 The student will sing with a free, clear tone, and accurate intonation. CI. 3 The student will sing with purity of vowels and clarity of consonants. CI. 4 The student will use dynamics, tempo, blend, and balance in group performance. CI. 5 The student will sing music written in three or more parts, sight-read four measure phrases, and sing with and without accompaniment. CI. 6 The student will respond to conducting patterns and interpretive gestures. CI. 7 The student will respond to music through movement. CI. 8 The student will create through composing and improvising using multimedia applications and technology. CI. 9 The student will identify notes, rests, basic symbols, and terms. CI. 10 The student will identify music forms and texture. CI. 11 The student will evaluate musical performance. CI. 12 The student will study the relationship of music to the arts and disciplines outside the arts. CI. 13 The student will demonstrate concert etiquette in the choral setting. CI. 14 The student will study and perform selections representing diverse historical periods, styles, and cultures.