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Standards Adapted for Cognitively Disabled (Mild-Moderate)

 


Improvisation

Rationale: Indigenous music of every culture was first improvised and then passed on to subsequent generations through aural or “rote” learning. Improvisation continues to be an important means of self-expression in all cultures and is an integral part of students’ musical heritage.

Performance Standards

by grade 12
Students in general music classes will
*improve "answers" in the same style to given rhythmic and melodic "questions" using simple harmonies such as pentatonic tonalities with instruments set up so there are no wrong notes.


Creativity: Composition

Rationale: Composing and arranging music is an important creative activity and a means of personal expression. The performance of one’s own musical work is a source of great satisfaction as well as an important way of sharing musical inspiration with others. These creative activities are possible at any age, depending upon a person’s level of music skills and knowledge.

Performance Standards

by grade 12
Students in instrumental classes who have completed one year of study will
*become familiar with own vocalizations in musical context


Literacy:

Rationale: Much like reading a novel or writing a poem, music notation represents another language or symbolic system of communication. Unlike the written or spoken word, music and music notation transcend the boundaries of countries and cultures. Reading and notating music give the students access to a vast body of contemporary and historical music literature, as well as to a unique mode of personal expression.

by grade 12
Students in general music classes will
*respond to cues such as lights turning on or gesture prompts to know when to play during musical performances.


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