Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Relate artistic ideas with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.
Students develop music literacy through this response process. First, they listen in silence. Then, students describe what they hear, using the vocabulary of music. Next, they tell us what they think the music is about, interpreting with evidence. Finally they ask wondering questions to develop curiosity about the music.
Provide learners with simple music compositions. Offer dichotomous responses when questioning about the elements (Is it loud or soft? Is it fast or slow?) Provide an anchor chart defining the basic elements of musical expression (e.g. pitch, tempo, dynamics).
Provide learners with the challenge of more complex music with multiple instrument families or changes. Provide an anchor chart with sophisticated language for musical expression (e.g. crescendo, adagio, syncopation).