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Grade Four

Learning Outcomes Framework                  GRADE FOUR                                     Music - P-6

(N.S. Department of Education, April 2004) SPECIFIC CURRICULUM OUTCOMES

GCO 1:

Students will be expected to explore, challenge, develop, and express ideas, using the skills, language, techniques, and processes of the arts.  Students will be expected to:

1.1.1        sing alone and with others, with emphasis on expressive singing, phrasing, range, and more complex                               textures including two and three-part rounds and cannons

1.2.1        identify ways that the elements of music are used to express thoughts, experiences, and feelings in their own and others’ work

1.2.2        demonstrate an awareness of rhythmic/melodic concepts, form, and texture through language, movement, and performance

1.3.1                sight read simple melodies from traditional notation with emphasis on stepwise movement and dynamics

1.4.1        create and notate short musical works to express musical thoughts and ideas with an emphasis on question and answer phrases

GCO 2:

Students will be expected to create and/or present, collaboratively and independently, expressive products in the arts for a range of audiences and purposes.  Students will be expected to:

2.1.1                improvise simple rhythmic variations and simple melodic embellishments on familiar melodies

2.2.1                use specific materials, techniques, and forms to create, make and present music

2.2.2        sing alone and with others, with emphasis on expressive singing, phrasing, range and more complex textures

2.3.1                participate in large and small ensemble music making

GCO 3:

Students will be expected to demonstrate critical awareness of and value for the role of the arts in creating and reflecting culture.  Students will be expected to:

3.1.1        demonstrate an awareness of places in their community where they can learn about and experience music, including music of other cultures

3.2.1                describe their music making experiences in their community

3.3.1                identify, describe, and compare instruments from a variety of cultural and historical contexts.

GCO 4:

Students will be expected to respect the contributions to the arts of individuals and cultural groups in local and global contexts, and value the arts as a record of human experience and expression.  Students will be expected to:

4.1.1        use their knowledge and experience to respect and value the musical contributions of cultural groups in their own community

4.2.1                explore the role music plays in the indigenous cultures of Canada

4.3.1                explore the work of various composers and musicians and their contribution to society, past and present

GCO 5:

Students will be expected to examine the relationship among the arts, societies, and environments.

Students will be expected to:

5.1.1                explore a range of ways that music may be used to reflect themes and ideas

5.1.2                explore and identify the relationship between work/working environment and music, past and present

5.2.1                identify connections between music and movement, including drama and dance

GCO 6:

Students will be expected to apply critical thinking and problem-solving strategies to reflect on and respond to their own and others’ expressive works.  Students will be expected to:

6.1.1                identify problems and possible solutions in the music making process

6.2.1        use musical criteria to evaluate performance of classroom repertoire with emphasis on melody and harmony

6.2.2                use knowledge of music elements to describe the music they hear

6.3.1                demonstrate respect for others’ responses to music

GCO 7:

Students will be expected to understand the role of technologies in creating and responding to expressive works.

Students will be expected to:

7.1.1                recognize common orchestral and keyboard instruments by sight and sound

7.2.1                experiment with available technologies while creating and making music

7.3.1                explore the effects of changing technologies on common instruments

GCO 8:

Students will be expected to analyze the relationship between artistic intent and the expressive work.

Students will be expected to:

8.2.1                investigate the source of ideas for the music they listen to and make

8.3.1                explore their own musical work in light of what they intended


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