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Grade Six

Learning Outcomes Framework                         GRADE SIX                             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 and play with others, with emphasis on an ability to maintain their part within simple textures      including two-part repertoire

1.2.1                create and interpret music that communicates thoughts, experiences, and feelings

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 an emphasis on melodic sequence and phrasing

1.4.1        create and notate short musical works to express and communicate personal feelings with an emphasis on theme and variations

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 harmonic accompaniments

2.2.2                select from a variety of materials, techniques, and forms to create, make, and present music

2.3.1                participate in small and large ensemble music making, performing a varied repertoire of music

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:

3.2.1                participate in, describe, and compare music experiences in their school and community

3.3.1                experiment with styles, techniques, and instruments from a variety of cultural and historical contexts in c                                        reating, making, and presenting music

3.4.1                use a variety of musical forms to give meaning to Canadian cultural and historical events and issues

3.5.1        investigate the roles of musicians in their community and potential careers available to those trained in music

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 perform and respect music of diverse cultural groups

4.2.1                explore the role music plays in the cultures of Latin America and Europe

4.3.1        demonstrate an understanding of the power of music, past and present, to express and communicate ideas and feelings

GCO 5:  Students will be expected to examine the relationship among the arts, societies, and environments.

Students will be expected to:

5.1.1                examine the role that music plays in popular culture and the media

5.1.2                identify and describe connections between music and other disciplines, including arts disciplines

5.2.2                express and communicate personal feelings through music and written and spoken language

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        analyze musical solutions to make informed choices based on the thoughts, images, and feelings that the music expresses

6.2.1                analyze and make decisions about various interpretations of a work

6.2.2                identify form and principles of design in classroom repertoire and their own compositions

6.4.1                compare subjective and objective responses to music, and examine the relationship between them

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 of various cultures

7.2.1                select from a variety of technologies to create and present music, using sound qualities for expressive effect

7.3.1                understand that changing technologies have produced new opportunities for expressive effect

7.4.1        demonstrate an awareness of ways in which technologies can be used to record and produce music (e.g. print, CDs, records, tapes, texts)

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                discover the reasons that specific musical works have been created

8.2.1                communicate the source of ideas and reasons for their own musical decisions

8.3.1        compare interpretations of their own and other’s music, using appropriate terminology and considering the musical intent

8.4.1        reflect on their music making in light of what was intended through the use of available recording technologies




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