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Assessment for Learning
Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions


Music
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Analysis:
Overall Expectations
By the end of this course, students will:
•       demonstrate an understanding of music history and its cultural context;
•       demonstrate the ability to listen attentively and with discernment to live music, using the stages of critical analysis (initial reaction, description, interpretation, and judgement);
•       demonstrate an understanding of the effects of music education on themselves peers;
•       demonstrate an understanding of the function of music in society;
•       identify connections between music education and various careers.

Enduring Understanding:
Through listening, I will be able to make informed decisions about the music around me.

Essential Questions:

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How do I react to and judge the quality of unfamiliar music?
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Do I allow my first impression to influence my opinion?
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What is the purpose of music in my world?
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How does it affect me?
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How will music enrich my life?

Creation:
Overall Expectations
By the end of this course, students will:
•       play or sing technical exercises and diverse repertoire (including their own creations when appropriate) that reflect the theory expectations (see below);
•       make artistic decisions that affect the stylistic accuracy of their playing or singing (e.g., articulation, phrasing, posture, dynamics, tone quality, intonation, rhythm, balance, blend);
•       demonstrate the effective use of analog and/or digital technology in music applications;
•       demonstrate an understanding of music literacy, at a level appropriate for the grade, using the creative process (perception, production, and reflection).

Enduring Understanding:
Music is a way for people to express themselves.  Music speaks to me and for me.

Essential Questions:

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Does this performance say something?
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What musical choices have been made?
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What is the composer’s intent?

Theory:
Overall Expectations
By the end of this course, students will:
•       identify and define in simple terms the elements of music (i.e., rhythm, melody, timbre, dynamics, harmony, texture, and form);
•       demonstrate the ability to read and understand musical notation;
•       demonstrate an understanding of a broad overview of the historical and stylistic context of music;
•       explain methods of production and editing of musical recording (e.g., analog or MIDI).

Enduring Understanding:
Knowing how music works will make me “rock”(or classical).

Essential Questions:

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How do the elements of music help me to improve my understanding of musical performance?
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Why do we appreciate certain types of music and certain composers?
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How do the elements of music help to determine the importance of music in my life?



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