Illinois Learning Standards
Stage B - Fine Arts—Music
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Imitate loud, soft, high, and low sounds.
- Identify fast and slow music.
- Identify tone colors (timbres) of voices, environmental
sounds, and classroom instruments.
- Imitate long and short sounds.
- Echo a steady beat.
- Indicate the phrases or sections in simple AB and ABA
- Identify the sensory element that creates a mood, emotion,
or idea in a musical example.
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Identify sensory elements, organizational principles,
and expressive qualities used in more than one art form.
- Examine the same sensory elements, organizational principles,
and expressive qualities in two different works in the same
- Investigate story, feelings, or expressive ideas shared
in the work of two different art forms.
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Identify different types of voices (e.g., man and child).
- Label environmental sounds.
- Identify classroom instrument sounds.
- Identify instruments visually.
- Use appropriate vocal timbre and volume when singing classroom
- Interpret basic rhythmic notation symbols (e.g., whole
note, half note, quarter note).
- Sing or play accurately simple pitch notation using a
symbol system (e.g., icons, syllables, numbers, letters).
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Sing songs of various cultures in rhythm maintaining a
- Improvise a rhythmic accompaniment for songs of various
- Create short vocal or instrumental melodic and rhythmic
phrases within specified guidelines.
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Identify and demonstrate the qualities of good audience
- Share comments in a positive manner about a performance
and/or an art work.
- Name a variety of occupations (e.g., director, actor,
composer, conductor, painter, sculptor, dancer, choreographer)
associated with different art forms.
- Give examples of how the arts are used in celebrations.
- Describe how the arts tell us things in different ways
(e.g., dance/movement, music, visual image, story).
- Give examples of personal experiences in the arts outside
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Identify the images, objects, sounds, and movements from
a work of art and describe what they tell about people,
time, places, and everyday life.
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