Junior High Choir Performance Standards and Curriculum Goals
1. Singing alone, and with others, a varied repertoire of music
A. Students sing accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges, alone and in small and large ensembles.
B. Students sing with expression and technical accuracy a varied repertoire of vocal literature, including some songs performed from memory.
C. Students sing music representing diverse genres and cultures, with expression appropriate for the work being performed.
D. Students sing music written in two and three parts.
2. Reading and notating music
A. Students read whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, and dotted notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 3/8, and alla breve meter signatures.
B. Students sight read simple melodies in treble clef.
C. Students identify and define standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression.
D. Students use standard notation to record their musical ideas and the musical ideas of others.
3. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
A. Students describe specific music events in a given aural example, using appropriate terminology.
B. Students analyze the uses of elements of music in aural examples representing diverse genres and cultures.
C. Students demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions in their analyses of music.
4. Evaluating music and music performances
A. Students develop criteria for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of music performances and compositions and apply the criteria in their personal listening and performing.
B. Students evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their own and others’ performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations by applying specific criteria appropriate for the style of the music and offer constructive suggestions for improvement.