Students will demonstrate (1) skills and (2) understandings through (3) active participation. Summary grades are determined each semester through success in music activities and assessments. The music expectations reflect national and state standards.

A knowledgeable third grade student:

Demonstrates music skills

  • sings in tune in a light head voice
  • sings songs alone and with others
  • sings and plays melodies using do, re, mi, sol and la (pentatonic scale)
  • sings folk songs from memory
  • sings and plays with varying dynamics (loudness) and tempo (speed)
  • sings while performing a rhythmic ostinato (pattern)
  • sings a melody while others sing an ostinato (pattern)
  • plays rhythm patterns in triple meter (3-beat pattern)


Understands and applies music concepts

  • distinguishes between the vocal sounds of adults and children
  • identifies instruments within orchestral families
  • identifies phrase forms within songs
  • identifies verse/refrain form
  • analyzes and responds to pitch, dynamics (loudness), tempo (speed), duration (length of sound) and form
  • relates music to various world cultures and communities and composers
  • reads and signs melodies using do, re, mi, sol and la (pentatonic scale) with solfege hand signs
  • reads and notates melodies using do, re, mi, sol and la (pentatonic scale)
  • reads and notates rhythms using quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, tied quarter notes, half notes and half rests in duple meters (2-beat and 4-beat patterns)
  • improvises and composes melodies using do, re, mi, sol and la (pentatonic scale)
  • improvises and composes rhythms using quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, tied quarter notes, half notes and half rests in duple meters (2-beat and 4-beat patterns)


Participates with appropriate behavior in music activities

  • cooperates, listens, and engages in activities
  • collaborates with and encourages others
  • considers and respects others
  • contributes to a positive environment

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