Music Appreciation Grades 7-12

This course is open to all students. Music will be examined in a variety of contexts: music fundamentals, music history, exposure to musical instruments, and listening.

Performing and Creating
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1-3b. Sing and perform on an instrument a variety of simple compositions to demonstrate basic understanding of pitch, rhythm, and rudimentary notation.
7968c. Investigate careers in music fields.
History and Culture
1-3a. Explore general overview of music history: early music, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, American, 20th Century, and electronic music.
1b. Attain knowledge of musical instruments and families.
1-3c. Classify unfamiliar but representative aural examples of music by genre or style and by historical period or culture and explain their classifications.
1-3, 6d. Identify sources of American music genres, trace their evolution, and cite well-known musicians associated with them.
4,6e. Identify various roles musicians perform, cite representative individuals who have functioned in each role, and describe their activities and achievements.
Evaluation and Analysis
1-3a. Recognize music of various musical periods.
1b. Explore and understand the elements of sound/music.
1-4c. Recognize selected famous compositions/composers.
2-41-4d. Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres and cultures, by describing the uses of music elements and expressive devices.
1-3e. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of technical music vocabulary.
1,31,4f. Identify and explain compositional devices and techniques used to provide unity, variety, tension, and release.
1-4g. Develop specific criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, and arrangements.
1-4h. Evaluate a performance, composition, arrangement, or improvisation by comparing it to similar or exemplary models.
Aesthetic Perception
1,2a. Recognize music as an art form.
1-5b. Develop a listening style.
1,34,71,2c. Explain how elements, artistic processes, and organizational principles are used in similar ways in the various arts and cite examples.
1,3,61-31,2d. Compare two or more arts within a particular historical period or style and cite examples from various cultures.
1-7e. Explain ways in which the principles and subject matter of various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated with those of music.


  • Classroom activity participation
  • Identify listening examples
  • Progress reports
  • Written exams

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