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(The design constructs for the beginning band curriculum may correlate with the musical concepts and demands found within grade 1 level literature.)
A.Skills and Techniques/Performance

MMSBB.1- Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

a.Sing to recognize fundamentals of tone production.

b.Sing to match pitch through call and response (stepwise and major intervals).

MMSBB.2 - Performing on instruments, alone and with others, through a varied repertoire of music

a. Recognize characteristic tone quality utilizing proper embouchure, playing position, posture, breathing techniques, articulation, and appropriate percussion technique.

b. Demonstrate proper warm - up techniques through the use of long tones,lip slurs, chorales, and technical exercises.

c.Recognize the following ensemble skills through performance ofmusical literature: rehearsal etiquette, dynamic expression, style, blend and balance, steady tempo, rhythmic accuracy, and intonation.

d. Demonstrate all performance skills through “at-sight” performance of music literature at the appropriate level.

MMSBB.3 - Reading and notating music

a.Identify and define standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression.

b. Define and describe the musical terms incorporated in the literature as well as identify key signatures

c.Demonstrate a steady beat as well as rhythms and meters through a systematic counting procedure.


MMSBB.4 - Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments

a. Improvise rhythmic patterns by clapping, singing, or playing an instrument.

b. Improvise a melody or variation of a melody using a five - note diatonic, pentatonic, or blues scale.

c. Demonstrate a rhythmic ostinato to be performed with a melody.

MMSBB.5 - Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines

a. Compose rhythmic exercises and short melodies using traditional notations which incorporate use of dynamics.

C. Critical Analysis/Investigate

MMSBB.6 - Listening to, analyzing, and describing music

a. Identify and describe compositional devices, techniques, meter, tempo, tonality, intervals, and chords.

b. Compare and contrast musical works based on genre and culture.

MMSBB.7 - Evaluating music and music performances

a. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations.

b. List strengths and weaknesses in performance, and suggest areas of improvement.

c. Identify the interpretations of the band during a performance, and analyze their effectiveness in relation to the intent of the composer.

D. Cultural and Historical Context

MMSBB.8 - Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts

a. Describe how music relates to fine arts and other disciplines.

b. Examine the chronological development of various music styles and contextual elements, composers, and influences from each time period.

c. Identify major time periods and describe music’s influence on that time period.

d. Identify the influence of music on society and society’s influence on music within a given time period.