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Grade Five

Learning Outcomes Framework                         GRADE FIVE                                      Music - P-6

(N.S. Department of Education, April 2004)


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 part singing, phrasing, range, and more complex textures, including counter melodies and descants

1.2.1        experiment with the elements of music to create musical works that explore topics and issues of personal interest

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

1.3.1                sight read simple melodies from traditional notation with emphasis on skipwise movement and articulation

1.4.1        create and notate short musical works to express musical thoughts and ideas with an emphasis on motif and sequence

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 short songs and instrumental pieces using a variety of sound sources, including traditional, non-traditional, body and electronic

2.2.1                combine reading and singing/playing skills in their music making

2.2.2                use a range of materials, techniques, and forms to create, make, and present music

2.3.1        participate in small and large ensemble music making, presenting music that reflects diverse images, thoughts, and feelings

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        describe personal opportunities for music making in their community, including opportunities related to popular culture and the media

3.3.1                identify, describe, and compare styles of music from a variety of cultural and historical contexts

3.5.1                demonstrate an awareness of musicians in their community

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 contributions of cultural groups in Canada

4.1.2                demonstrate an awareness of conventions of audience behaviour in a variety of performance contexts

4.2.1                explore the role music plays in the cultures of Asia and Africa

4.3.1                examine the contributions of various composers and musicians, past and present, to their society

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 and describe the relationship between music and local events and issues

5.2.1                identify similarities and differences between music and visual arts

5.2.2                express and communicate thoughts, experiences and feelings through music and visual imagery

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        apply knowledge of music to make individual choices based on the thoughts, images and feelings the music expresses

6.2.1                use musical criteria to evaluate their ability to maintain a melodic/harmonic part

6.2.2                compare the form and the principles of design in the rhythmic/melodic structure of classroom repertoire

6.2.3                use knowledge of musical elements to compare and contrast music of various genres

6.3.1                compare their own and other’s response to music making

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 by sight and sound and categorize by family orchestral, band and keyboard instruments

7.2.1                compare and contrast available technologies to create and record music

7.3.1                explore the effects of changing technologies on music recording and reproduction

GCO 8:  Students will be expected to analyze the relationship between artistic intent and the expressive work.

Students will be expected to:

8.1.1                explore various influences on composers and their works

8.2.1                describe reasons for their musical decisions

8.3.1                compare interpretations of musical works using appropriate terminology

8.4.1                examine their group presentations in light of what they intended


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