Illinois Learning Standards
Stage D - Fine Arts—Music
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Describe the tempo(s) and dynamic level(s) in a simple
- Identify tone colors (timbres) of a variety of musical
- Replicate the rhythm pattern of a given musical example.
- Demonstrate duple and triple meter.
- Identify major and minor tonalities in musical examples.
- Identify melodies going upward, going downward, and staying
the same in a written musical example.
- Define melody and harmony.
- Describe the repetition and contrast in form in a musical
- Explain the selection of organizational and sensory elements
to express a particular mood, emotion, or idea in an original
composition with environmental sounds, body sounds, or classroom
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Use the vocabulary of elements, principles, and tools
when describing a work of art.
- Plan and create a work of art that expresses a specific
idea, mood, or emotion using defined elements, principles,
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Classify voices by range (e.g., soprano/alto).
- Identify orchestral/band instruments from aural examples.
- Describe how selected instruments produce their sound.
- Demonstrate basic vocal and/or instrumental production
techniques (e.g., breath support, posture, bowing).
- Notate simple rhythmic and melodic patterns.
- Sing or play accurately simple rhythmic and melodic patterns
from a written score.
- Identify general groupings of instruments and voices (e.g.,
chorus, band, and/or orchestra).
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Sing or play music that has a difficulty level of 1 (on
a scale of 1 to 6) on pitch; in rhythm; with appropriate
timbre; with a steady tempo; with good breath, bow, mallet
or fingering control; and with clear articulation/diction.
- Improvise simple rhythmic variations or simple melodic
embellishments on familiar themes.
- Create short songs or instrumental pieces within specified
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Evaluate audience behaviors of self and others.
- React to performances/ art works in a respectful, constructive,
and supportive manner.
- Describe the roles of artists in society (e.g. historian,
critic, entertainer, inventor).
- Describe a variety of places where the arts are produced,
performed, or displayed.
- Explain ways dance, drama, music, and visual art play
a part in everyday life (e.g., architecture, landscape design,
political cartoons, fashion design, background music, television).
- Explain how the arts are used in commercial applications
(e.g., posters, TV commercials, package design, industrial
- Describe occupations that are related to the arts (e.g.,
landscape architect, political cartoonist, fashion designer,
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Investigate the ways various people (present and past)
use the arts to celebrate similar events (e.g., celebrations,
- List significant contributions made by artists in several
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