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Elementary Music: Standard 9 Progression At-a-Glance

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The purpose of this document is to highlight standard nine of the 2020 Music Standards of Learning for elementary music. This standard in all grade levels relates connecting music content, skills, and processes to career options, college opportunities, and the 21st Century workplace. Teachers and curriculum specialists can use this document to plan a sequence of instruction for grades K-5 that prepares students for career, college, and workplace connections in music education.

Material Type: Reading

Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Choral Music: Standard 9 Progression At-a-Glance

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The purpose of this document is to highlight standard nine of the 2020 Music Standards of Learning for choral music. This standard in all grade levels relates connecting music content, skills, and processes to career options, college opportunities, and the 21st Century workplace. Teachers and curriculum specialists can use this document to plan a sequence of instruction for grades 6-12 that prepares students for career, college, and workplace connections in music education.

Material Type: Reading

Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Instrumental Music: Standard 9 Progression At-a-Glance

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The purpose of this document is to highlight standard nine of the 2020 Music Standards of Learning for instrumental music. This standard in all grade levels relates connecting music content, skills, and processes to career options, college opportunities, and the 21st Century workplace. Teachers and curriculum specialists can use this document to plan a sequence of instruction that prepares students for career, college, and workplace connections in music education.

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Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Music SOL: Alignment to the 5 Cs

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The Music Standards of Learning (SOL) are intentionally and directly aligned with the skills outlined in the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. The following music education goals in this document are taken directly from the 2020 Music SOL document and re-organized to demonstrate alignment to the “5 Cs”.

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Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Digital Learning Integration Strategy: 6-8 Copyright and Digital Citizenship

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Students explore copyright and intellectual property standards as they relate to music, music technology, and digital citizenship. Students will identify and apply their knowledge of copyright law and licensure to select appropriate licenses for an original work. Students then analyze copyrighted material and understand how to obtain appropriate permission to use the material.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Digital Learning Integration Strategy: 6-8 Digital Music Assessment

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Students submit audio or video of themselves performing a certain passage from their ensemble music, a specific exercise from their method book, or a scale/skill/technique. Once the audio/video has been uploaded, the teacher can provide written or spoken feedback. Students have the option to provide a self-assessment to monitor and track practice and progress towards goals.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Digital Learning Integration Strategy: 6-8 Music Portfolio

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The teacher creates a template for a Music Portfolio on a digital platform such as a slide deck. Each student is provided with a copy to edit and add their own work. Students are able to add text, images, and videos to their slide deck to add artifacts throughout the year. Students practice digital citizenship and evaluate their progress over time.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Digital Learning Integration Strategy: 9-12 Interactive Ear Training and Aural Skills

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Students respond to ear training examples by using an interactive or collaborative slide deck. Examples can be short rhythm or solfege patterns. Students begin by choosing an option that matches the example and advance up to full rhythmic and melodic dictation. Interactive slide decks allow the teacher and student to receive immediate feedback and assessment of learning to track progress towards goals.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Digital Media Lesson Starter: Using Effects in the Creative Process

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Students use electronic effects using digital audio to manipulate their voice or instrument’s sound. Students research and explore various recording effects on sound. Students then record student performances or compositions, and use a digital audio workstation to apply effects and manipulate the sound. Using the creative process, students research, generate ideas, test, refine, and reflect on their original composition. Students develop confidence to use their instrument as a voice of creativity within both acoustic and digital spaces. For a more detailed instructional plan, visit GoOpenVA: Using Effects in the Creative Process.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Instructional Plan: Creating a Benefit Concert

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Students will investigate ways that choral music can influence the community. Using project-based learning, students will research organizations in their community to be the beneficiary of a benefit-type concert. Students will select level-appropriate repertoire and create advertising. This project is imagined to be used for collaborative small groups, but could be adapted to work as an individual project.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: VDOE Fine Arts

Instructional Plan: The "Why" of Choral Warm-Up Exercises

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The teacher will lead students through a sequence of vocal exercises, highlighting major categories in order to deepen intent on specific skill development. Using your own favorite vocal warm-up exercises, encourage students to consider the benefits and intentions behind each warm-up exercise. Students will engage their creative process in generating new warm-up exercises to share with their peers.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: VDOE Fine Arts