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Topic: Singing
Learning Outcome: Sing a varied repertoire of vocal literature (representing various genres, style, cultures and historical periods) with expression and technical accuracy
Performance Objective(s):
Sing music written in a minimum of four parts.
Sing in small and large ensembles.
Sing in ensembles with one student per part.
Serve the school community by serving as cantors or participating in choirs and ensembles.  
Sing a variety of music types with expression and understanding.
Topic: Reading and Notation
Learning Outcome: Demonstrate the ability to read an instrumental or vocal score of up to four staves by describing how the elements of music are used
Performance Objective(s):
Read and perform at sight simple melodies and intervals in both the treble and bass clefs.
In a choral/instrumental ensemble or class: sight-read, accurately and expressively, music with a level of difficulty of 4 on a scale of 6 (as defined by the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks).
Use a repertoire of music from school liturgical resources as musical examples for study, which leads to achieving the standards for reading and notating music.
Topic: Playing Instruments
Learning Outcome: Perform with expression and technical accuracy a large repertoire of solo and ensemble literature representing various genres, styles, and cultural and historical periods
Performance Objective(s):
Perform music with a level of difficulty of 4 on a scale of 1 to 6 (as defined by the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks).
Perform an appropriate part in an ensemble, demonstrating well-developed ensemble skills.
Perform in small ensembles with one student per part.
Play an instrument at school sponsored gathering, to introduce various band and non-band instruments to the school community.
Use one’s knowledge and skills with instrumental literature in liturgical settings.
Topic: Improvisation and Composition
Learning Outcome: Improvise rhythmic and melodic variations on given melodies in major and minor tonalities
Performance Objective(s):
Improvise original melodies over given chord progressions consistent in style, meter, and tonality.
Compose and/or arrange music in varied styles using the elements of music for expressive effect.
Create and improvise melodies within the setting of liturgical dialogues and responses.
Experiment with and arrange music (e.g. hymns, psalms and other music) for media other than which it was written.
Topic: Critical Response (listening, analyzing, describing, evaluating)
Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of how musical elements interact to create expression in music.
Performance Objective(s):
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the technical vocabulary of music.
Demonstrate understanding of music’s place and use in the Rites of the church.
Describe and discuss the musical elements of liturgical music including texture and structure.
Participate in the planning and preparation of music for liturgy and prayer.
Compare and contrast ways in which compositional devices and techniques are used to create expressive music.