Curriculum

 

Expression:

¯Identify & demonstrate vocal articulation (legato, staccato, & accents)

¯Identify & demonstrate dynamic markings

¯Identify & demonstrate tempo markings

¯Identify & demonstrate musical tonality (Major/minor)

¯Demonstrate correct phrasing

 

History/Culture:

¯Make connections between music & other school subjects

¯Describe the role of music in our daily experiences

¯Sing & identify a variety of musical styles from diverse cultures

¯Explain preferences for music using music vocabulary & respect differing responses

¯Identify & discuss great composers & their works

 

Performance:

¯Follow the cues of a conductor

¯Use music vocabulary to create criteria for objective evaluation of performances

¯Demonstrate appropriate riser & audience behaviors

¯Sing songs from memory in two part harmony

¯Demonstrate stage presence & perform choreography accurately

 

Reading Music

¯Decode rhythms & sight-read simple patterns

¯Decode pitches & sight-sing simple melodies

¯Identify & demonstrate musical forms

¯Read music in two parts on the grand staff

¯Identify & demonstrate the meaning of musical symbols & vocabulary

 

Technique

¯Demonstrate correct sitting & standing posture for singing

¯Sing with clear diction & choral vowels

¯Use breath control for long phrases & sustained notes

¯Manage head & chest voices appropriately

¯Blend with other voices while singing

 

General Outcomes:  

Through the Vocal Music program at Meadows, students will enhance valuable life skills such as responsibility, self-esteem, problem solving, collaboration, and leadership.  Also developed are an appreciation and respect for others’ ideas and personal expressions.