(The design constructs for the advanced curriculum may correlate with the musical concepts and demands found within grade 4 literature.)
A. Skills and Techniques/Performance
MMSAB.1 - Singing, alone and with others, through a varied repertoire of music
a.Sing to reinforce fundamentals of breathing, use of air and quality of
sound in tone production.
b. Sing to develop the ability to match major, minor, and perfect intervals.
c. Sing to reinforce melodic shape and stylistic elements of a melodic line
or ostinato patterns.
MMSAB.2 - Performing on instruments , alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
a. Demonstrate characteristic tone quality utilizing embouchure playing
position, posture, breathing techniques, articulation and enunciation,
vibrato (when appropriate) and appropriate percussion technique based
on the level of music
b. Formulate proper warm - up techniques through the use of long- tone, lip
slurs, chorales, and technical exercises within two octave ranges.
c. Demonstrate the following ensemble skills through performance of
musical literature: rehearsal etiquette, dynamic expression, style, blend
and balance, steady tempo, rhythmic accuracy, and intonation.
d. Develop a strong understanding of the complex and compound rhythms,
and multi- meter time signatures, and simple ornamentation through
literature which is stylistically representative of the period or genre of
the music being studied
e. Vocalize rhythms through counting and diatonic melodies in advanced
middle school literature.
f. Demonstrate performance skills through “sight - reading” of grade 3 music literature.
MMSAB.3 - Reading and notating music
a. Apply an understanding of the compound and complex counting systems
to read and notate music at the advanced middle school level.
b. Incorporate standard notations and non- traditional symbols for pitch,
rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression into individual
and ensemble performances.
c. Analyze musical terms, key signatures, and harmonic and tonal structures in the music being studied .
MMSAB.4 - Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
a. Improvise a melody to a specified eight measure harmonic progression
utilizing various musical styles and techniques.
b. Improvise a variation of a specific melody within the original musical
style in major tonalities.
c. Improvise accompaniment patterns within a given specific harmonic
progression, I - (ii) – IV - V (7) - I.
MMSAB.5 - Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
a. Construct rhythmic exercises and short melodies using traditional
notations which incorporate use of dynamics.
b. Arrange melodies for two different instruments with appropriate
c. Compose melodic themes in contrasting styles in simple and compound
d. Apply concepts of composing using music notation software to produce
a correctly notated musical arrangement in a simple form.
C. Critical Analysis/Investigate
MMS8AB.6 - Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
a. Read, write, and analyze rhythmic patterns in compound meters
demonstrating an advanced level of technical facility and precision.
b. Demonstrate, through performance, knowledge of the pitch tendencies
of the individual instrument and the harmonic responsibilities within the
music as students listen to, analyze, and make the appropriate
modifications in context to the performance
c. By listening to rhythmic patterns, identifies and writes rhythmic notation
for simple, compound, and complex patterns found in grade 4 performance literature.
d. Tune instrument without the use of a tuner or electronic device, and
maintains relative intonation in a two octave register.
MMSAB.7 - Evaluating music and music performances
a. Assess musical elements (melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, etc) in
instrumental music (recorded or live) using terminology being studied.
b. Distinguish the factors which are used to evaluate the effectiveness of a
c. Analyze and evaluate specific musical works and styles heard through
recording or live performance using appropriate terminology.
d. Critique the integrity of a performance based on concert etiquette,
the characteristic style of the genre, composer’s intent, interpretation,
musical technique, and aesthetic value of the performance
D. Cultural and Historical Context
MMSAB.8 - Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outs ide the arts
a. Describe similarities and differences in the terminology of the subject
matter between music and other subject areas including: color,
movement, expression, style, symmetry, form, interpretation, texture,
harmony, patterns and sequence, repetition, texts and lyrics, meter, wave
and sound production, timbre, frequency of pitch, volume, acoustics,
physiology and anatomy, technology, history, and culture, etc.
b. Compare similarities and differences in the contextual meaning of
common terms used in music, art, dance, and drama.
c. Develop a thorough knowledge through performance of repertoire
representing diverse cultures, historical periods, and styles at the highest
level of music performance.
MMSAB.9 - Understanding music in relation to history and culture
a. Formulate an understanding of the historical and musical context of the
b. Assess and connect elements of music literature, instruments, notations,
etc. with appropriate historical and cultural background relating to the
literature being studied.
c. Investigate and connect characteristics of the various elements within a
particular historical period.
d. Critique and discuss the context of the historical timeline relating to the
literature being performed.