Solo Ensemble Grades 9-12

This course is open to students who wish to work individually and/or in small groups in all instrumental or vocal capacities.

Performing and Creating
1-4a. Gain a working knowledge of voice/instrument through individual performance.
1-4b. Demonstrate proper solo practice techniques/concentration skills and well-developed ensemble skills.
1-4c. Perform a large and varied repertoire of literature with expression and technical accuracy at a difficulty level of 4 on a scale of 1-6, including pieces performed from memory.
1-5d. Perform music written for both solo and ensemble presentation with and without accompaniments.
1-4e. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic variations.
1-4f. Compose and arrange music in different styles and instrumentation/voicing, demonstrating understanding of elements of music.
1-4g. Demonstrate ability to read a vocal score (up to four staves), instrumental score, and sight read accurately and expressively at a difficulty level of 4, on a scale of 1-6.
7968h. Investigate careers in music fields.
History and Culture
a. Explore music from various historical periods.
31-3b. Classify by genre or style and by historical period or culture unfamiliar but representative aural examples of music and explain their classifications.
1,2,4c. Identify sources of American music genres, trace their evolution, and cite well-known musicians associated with them.
1,2,4,6d. Identify various roles musicians perform and describe those musicians’ activities and achievements.
Evaluation and Analysis
a. Set personal goals.
2,3b. Develop individual discipline.
2,31,2c. Learn the fundamentals of music notation: note and rest values, articulations, simple and compound meters, rhythms, dynamics, tempos, note names, time and key signatures, intervals and chord structures.
3,41,2,4d. Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres and cultures by describing the uses of music and expressive devices.
1-31e. Demonstrate extensive knowledge of the technical vocabulary of music.
31,2f. Identify and explain compositional devices and techniques used to provide unity, variety, tension, and release in a musical work, and give examples of other works that make similar use of those devices and techniques.
3,41-3g. Develop specific criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations.
3,41-2h. Evaluate a performance, composition, arrangement, or improvisation by comparing it to similar or exemplary models.
Aesthetic Perception
a. Recognize aesthetic values of the eras: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Contemporary.
61-3, 6-81,22c. Compare characteristics of two or more of the arts within a historical/cultural period or style and cite examples from various cultures.


  • Comparison of progress relative to set personal goals
  • Progress reports
  • Self-evaluation
  • Skill evaluation by instructor

*Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

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