- Recognize a wide variety of sounds, comparing and contrasting them using musical elements of pitch, volume, articulation, and timbre.
- Aurally identify important performing forces (use of the voice and instruments) of Western music.
- Define basic elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and texture and build a vocabulary for discussing them.
- Identify basic principles and types of musical form.
- Listen to music and describe its musical elements and forms.
- Compare and contrast categories of art music, folk music, and pop music.
- Identify ways in which humans have used music for social and expressive purposes
- 1.2: Performing Forces for Music
- Music consists of the intentional organization of sounds by and for human beings. In the broadest classification, these sounds are produced by people in three ways: (1) through the human voice, the instrument with which most of us are born, (2) by using musical instruments, or (3) by using electronic and digital equipment to generate purely electronic sounds.
Thumbnail: String quartet performing for the Mozart Year 2006 in Vienna. (CC BY 2.5; Gryffindor via Wikipedia)