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Vocal Music Standards

SECTION 1A (1):  PERFORM: Sing, Play and Read

  1.  Select, analyze, & interpret artistic work for presentation, performance,

HS1.VM.P1.A Explain the criteria used to select a varied repertoire to study based on an understanding of theoretical and structural characteristics of the music, the technical skill of the individual or ensemble, and the purpose or context of the performance.

HS1.VM.P1.B Use music reading skills to demonstrate how compositional devices and theoretical and structural aspects of musical works impact and inform prepared and/or improvised performances.

HS1.VM.P1.C Demonstrate an understanding of context in a varied repertoire of music through prepared and/or improvised performances.

  1. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation, performance,

HS1.VM.P2.A Demonstrate the ability to read and notate music individually and/or in ensemble settings.

HS1.VM.P2.B Demonstrate fundamental voice control while performing a varied repertoire of music individually and in ensemble setting(s) while making appropriate use of:

  • Posture
  • Breath management
  • Tone production with freedom, resonance, and control
  • Pitch matching, pitch accuracy, and intonation
  • Balance and blend

Sense of ensemble

HS1.VM.P2.C Demonstrate technical accuracy through appropriate use of:

  • Tonal center/key relations
  • Scale construction
  • Pitch and rhythm work
  • Range development
  • Diction, pronunciation, vowel formation, and clarity of text

Expressive elements including dynamics, phrasing, and stylistic characteristics

HS1.VM.P2.D Develop and apply strategies to address expressive challenges in a varied repertoire of music, and evaluate success using feedback from ensemble peers and other sources to refine performances.

  1. Express meaning through the presentation, performance, production of artistic

HS1.VM.P3.A Demonstrate attention to musical literacy, fundamental control, technical accuracy, and expressive qualities in prepared and/or improvised performances of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse cultures, styles, and genres.

HS1.VM.P3.B Demonstrate an understanding of expressive intent by connecting with an audience through prepared and/or improvised performances.


SECTION 1A (2):  CREATE:  Improvise and Compose

  1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

HS1.VM.Cr1.A Compose and improvise melodic and rhythmic ideas or motives for use in an arrangement or over a chordal structure that reflect characteristics of music or text studied in rehearsal.

  1. Organize and develop artistic ideas and

HS1.VM.Cr2.A Select, draft, and develop melodic and rhythmic ideas or motives for use in an arrangement that demonstrate understanding of characteristic of music or text studied in rehearsal.

HS1.VM.Cr2.B Describe and document compositions and/or improvisations for use in an arrangement or a short composition through notation and/or recording.

  1. Refine and complete artistic

HS1.VM.Cr3.A Evaluate and refine compositions and/or improvisations for use in an arrangement or over a chordal structure based on collaboratively- developed criteria.

HS1.VM.Cr3.B Present finalized composition and/or improvisation individually or as an ensemble.


SECTION 1A (3):  RESPOND: Listen and Analyze

  1. Perceive and analyze artistic

HS1.VM.R1.A Identify and describe reasons for selecting music based on characteristics found in music, context, student opinion, and personal research from teacher-provided sources.

HS1.VM.R1.B Analyze and explain how context and manipulation of musical elements influence response to music.

  1. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic

HS1.VM.R2.A Interpret and describe the artistic intent and aesthetic qualities of musical works, citing as evidence the elements of music, contexts, historical significance, and the setting of the text.

  1. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

HS1.VM.R3.A Apply appropriate criteria to evaluate musical works and performances.


SECTION 1A (4):  CONNECT:  Connect Historical

  1. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to artistic endeavors.

HS1.VM.Cn1.A Demonstrate how interests, knowledge, and skills relate to personal choices and intent when creating, performing, and responding to music.

 Relate artistic works with societal, cultural and historical context.

HS1.VM.Cn2.A Demonstrate understanding of relationships between music and other disciplines, history, varied contexts, and daily life.