Foundations for Performance

1.1  I can read standard notation

1.2  I can demonstrate proper playing technique

1.3  I can demonstrate the proper care and maintenance of my instrument

1.4  I can play with musical expression

1.5  I can perform alone and in a group with similar and different instruments

1.6  I can play with musical expression


Performances from my own and other cultures, from different styles of the past and present.

2.1  I can describe the characteristics of a variety of musical styles and cultures

2.2  I can compare and contrast musical works purpose, history and culture

2.3  I can play music from a variety of cultures and styles


Creating Performing and Responding

3.1  I can revise a performance based on feedback

3.2  I can create a new musical composition by improvising, composing or arranging

3.3  I can improve a musical work based on feedback

3.4  I can identify the elements of music in a composition


Becoming an Artist

4.1  I can identify the purpose of music studied.

4.2  I can describe how musical selections for concerts are chosen for audience and occasions

4.3  I can discuss my personal music experience in a written or verbal statement

4.4  I can analyze a variety of performances using a set criteria.


Students successfully completing 8th grade band will be able to:

Compose & perform a major scale on concert: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F, C, G.

Play a chromatic scale in 2 octaves (where applicable: woodwinds),  

Perform in a variety of meters: (duple, triple, odd, compound)

Perform with a full and focused tone and demonstrate proper playing technique (posture, hand position and embouchure).

Percussion: demonstrate matched grip and proper drumstick technique. Play 5, 7, 9, 17 stroke rolls, read, tune and perform on timpani and mallets.

Read and accurately perform music (with a level of difficulty of 2 on a scale of 1 to 6, including some solos performed from memory) with accurate intonation, expression, articulation and musical style.

Identify music form as well as significant musical passages and describe/discuss music using proper musical vocabulary.

Read and accurately perform grade 1.5 music @ first sight.

Transcribe (write down & perform) simple melodies by ear.Identify solo and groups of instruments by sound (timbre) and describe their role in the piece and ensemble.

Develop instrumental pitch acuity:  Identifying pitch as in-tune or not, match pitch on their instrument, tune their own instrument visually (with a tuner) and aurally (matching pitch), having a basic understanding of some pitch tendencies of their instruments, wind instruments should be able alter pitch ½ step flat and ≈5-10 cents sharp with embouchure adjustment.