The Proficient Musician

National Standard for Music Education #1

As a singer, I...

  • Sing the right notes, in tune, with few mistakes.
  • Sing the right rhythms and keep a steady beat.
  • Use an open and free tone quality.
  • Support my tone with a good breath.
  • Pronounce words clearly with good vowel and consonant sounds.
  • Use a good body position.

 

National Standard for Music Education #2

As an instrumentalist, I…

  • Play the right notes, in tune, with few mistakes.
  • Play the right rhythms and keep a steady beat.
  • Play with an open and free tone quality.
  • Support my tone with a good breath.
  • Use a good body and hand position.
  • Play accompaniment parts correctly.

 

National Standard for Music Education #3

As an improviser, I…

  • Make up musical ideas that respond to the ideas of other performers
  • Create repeated rhythmic and melodic patterns that accompany other music
  • Vary melodies that I know by changing the rhythm or melody in different ways

 

National Standard for Music Education #4

As a composer, I…

  • Create and arrange music that accompanies a story or dramatic reading
  • Write and arrange songs and pieces for instruments that follows directions from my teacher
  • Use a variety of voices, instruments, and other sources of sound when I write music.


National Standard for Music Education #5

As a performer, I…

  • Read rhythms from notation correctly…
  • Perform melodies from notation correctly. I know both the letter names and solfa names…
  • Perform musical symbols and directions accurately and can tell you what they mean…
  • Identify the letter names of notes on the staff…
  • Write rhythms and pitches correctly in stick notation and 
  • staff notation…

…with at least 75% accuracy.

National Standard for Music Education #6

As a listener, I…

  • Can tell you what kind of music I’m listening to.
  • Describe what I hear in the music.
  • Use my musical vocabulary correctly when I tell what is happening in the music.
  • Can tell you what the form of the music is by listening to it.
  • Can tell what kind of instrument or voice is performing when I hear it.
  • Respond to what I hear through movement.



National Standard for Music Education #7

As a growing musician, I…

  • Can identify some ways to tell if a performance is a good one or not, and then I use them to judge the quality of a performance.
  • Explain why I like certain kinds of music using my musical vocabulary words.
  • I can tell you which skills I’m good at and why. I can explain how I am working to improve my musical skills.

 


National Standard for Music Education #8

As a student of the arts, I…

  • Explain how terms used in music are the same as or different from how they are used in the other arts.
  • Show how an event, scene, feeling, or idea might be represented in the different arts.
  • Describe how what I am learning in music relates to or helps me with other subjects in school.

 


National Standard for Music Education #9

As a historian and lover of music, I…

  • Can tell you how I use music in my daily life, and why certain music is good for different activities that I do.
  • Explain the functions of music and musicians in different cultures and traditions.
  • Describe what makes different types of music unique.
  • Demonstrate good audience behavior for the many ways and places I listen to music.