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    Second Grade National Standards for Music Education

    National Standard #1- Singing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

    a. Identify and demonstrate the use of speaking voice and singing voice both individually and in groups large and small while using appropriate posture and maintaining a steady beat (NYS Standards 1, 2)

    b. Use the voice expressively when speaking, chanting, and singing with appropriate dynamics (NYS 1)

    c. Sing from memory songs representing a wide variety of cultures and styles (NYS 1, 2, 4)

    d. Match pitch and echo tonal patterns within a developmentally appropriate range (NYS 1)

    e. Demonstrate awareness of individual vocal sound within a group and respond to the cues of a
    conductor (NYS 1)

    f. Sing and identify ostinati and simple rounds (NYS 1)

    National Standard #2- Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

    a. Perform in rhythm, with good playing position while maintaining a steady beat (NYS 1, 2)

    b. Play steady beats using bilateral and alternating motions in a group and individually (NYS 1, 2)

    c. Echo and play simple rhythmic, melodic, and ostinato patterns accurately in a group and individually
    on rhythmic and melodic classroom instruments (NYS 1, 2)
    d. Perform ostinati and simple instrumental parts in a group and individually to accompany stories and
    songs (NYS 1, 2, 3, 4)

    e. Perform by rote a limited repertoire of music representing diverse cultures and styles

    (NYS 1, 2, 3, 4)

    f. Demonstrate an awareness of individual sound in a group and respond to the cues of a conductor
    (NYS 1, 2)

    National Standard #3- Improvising melodies, variations and accompaniments

    a. Begin to improvise “answers” to rhythmic and melodic questions in a group using classroom
    instruments, body percussion, and voice (NYS 1, 2)
    b. Improvise short rhythmic and melodic patterns, using a variety of sound sources including
    classroom instruments and body percussion (NYS 1, 2)

    c. Improvise simple rhythmic ostinato on body percussion, unpitched instruments and voice (NYS 1, 2)

    d. Experiment with rhythmic and melodic variations on a familiar melody (NYS 1, 2, 3,4)

    National Standard #4- Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines

    a. Create and arrange (with teacher direction) music to accompany movement, readings, and
    dramatizations (NYS 1, 2)
    b. Create and arrange, in a group, short songs and instrumental pieces within specific guidelines
    (NYS 1, 2, 3)

    c. Use a variety of sound sources when composing (NYS 1, 2, 3)

    National Standard #5- Reading and notating music

    a. Identify and read half notes, half rests, quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes and eighth rests
    using a steady beat (NYS 1, 2, 3,)

    b. Use a movable “do” system and read simple patterns containing “do, sol, mi, la, re and do” (NYS 1)

    c. Identify and notate the parts of a note (NYS 2)

    d. Identify and notate the names of the lines and spaces on the treble clef (NYS 2)

    e. Notate simple rhythmic patterns (NYS 2)

    National Standard #6- Listening to, analyzing and describing music

    a. Identify and label beginning/end and same/different, verse/refrain and simple forms such as AA,
    AB, and ABA (NYS 1, 3)

    b. Describe the basic elements of music in songs and selected listening examples (NYS 1, 2, 3)

    c. Use musical terms to describe learned melodic and rhythmic patterns, timbre and sound
    characteristics of instruments and voices used in selected listening examples (NYS 2, 3)

    d. Identify types of voices such as men/women/children and classroom instruments (NYS 2, 3)

    National Standard #7- Evaluating music and music performance

    a. Students will use teacher provided criteria for evaluating their own performances and the
    performances of others (NYS 1, 2, 3)
    b. Students will use teacher provided criteria to evaluate musical works representing a variety of
    styles, genres, and cultures (NYS 1, 2, 3, 4)
    c. Students will begin to explain their personal preferences for specific musical works and styles
    (NYS 1, 2, 3)

    National Standard #8- Understanding relationships between music and other disciplines

    a. Identify similarities and differences in various arts (NYS 1, 2, 3, 4)

    b. Experience ways in which music is related to the other visual and performing arts as well as
    disciplines taugh within the school setting- language arts, reading, science, social studies, etc.
    (NYS 1, 2, 3, 4)

    National Standard #9- Understanding music in relation to history and culture

    a. Identify by genre or style aural examples of music from various cultures and American folk tradition

    (NYS 3, 4)

    b. Describe in simple terms how the elements of music are used in music examples from various
    cultures of the world (NYS 3, 4)
    c. Demonstrate audience behavior appropriate for the culture and style of music being performed
    (NYS 3, 4)
    d. Perform in class simple action songs, folk dances, and singing games from around the world with
    improvised and choreographed movement (NYS 1, 4)

    e. Identify various uses of music in daily life (NYS 3)

    f. Identify and describe roles of musicians in various setting and cultures (NYS 3, 4)