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Music Frameworks

227 N. Fourth Street
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-463-3000

Music Frameworks

The mission of the Geneva CUSD 304 K-12 music education curriculum is to guide all students toward the development of a lifelong personal relationship with music, by giving every student the opportunity to develop his or her individual skills, talents, and knowledge of music to the fullest potential, through a variety of appropriate listening, performance, creative, evaluative, and learning experiences.

Music Education should:
  1. Enable students to identify (aurally and visually) and use the principal sensory, formal, technical, and expressive elements of music.
  2. Enable students to identify (aurally and visually) and use the processes and tools required to produce music.
  3. Assist each student in developing the basic skills necessary to participate in the creation and/or performance of music.
  4. Enable students to identify significant works from major historical periods and how they reflect societies, cultures, and civilizations, both past and present.
Learner Outcomes (adapted from the Nine National Standards for Music Education):
  1. Sing simple melodies and exercises. To demonstrate an understanding of various musical concepts (pitch, rhythm, phrasing, etc.) through vocal performance, then applying what has been learned to instrumental performance.
  2. Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. To demonstrate the physical, technical, and expressive skills necessary to produce a quality musical performance, whether in a solo or ensemble setting, and through variety of literature that reflects many different styles of music. 
  3. Improvise music within specified guidelines. Demonstrate the ability to spontaneously perform original musical material (within a set of pre-determined parameters), demonstrating an understanding of proper musical form and structure, as well as technical mastery, on one’s instrument.
  4. Compose and arrange musical material within specified guidelines. To demonstrate the ability to produce original, written musical material (within a set of pre-determined parameters), demonstrating an understanding of proper musical form and structure.
  5. Read and notate music. To demonstrate the ability to recognize, interpret and recreate the notation symbols found in music, and to write/use those symbols in a musically appropriate manner.
  6. Listen to, analyze, and describe a musical performance. To demonstrate the ability - through aural observation - to detect, interpret, and comment upon the musical components that comprise a musical performance.
  7. Evaluate compositions and music performances. To demonstrate the ability to make well-informed, substantive comments regarding the musical elements of a written composition or performance, which may include educated suggestions for improvement. 
  8. Understand basic relationships between music, the other arts, and content areas outside of the arts. To demonstrate the ability to make meaningful connections between elements of music and concepts from other areas of study, ultimately using these connections to draw more meaning from the music and to improve a performance. 
  9. Understand music in relation to history and culture. To explore how music both reflects and affects the human experience, and how it may do so in the future.