World of Music

World of Music (formerly Music Appreciation)

CRS 110131                        Grade 9-12                                    CR ½                        Q                     1 block

Students will explore a wide range of topics designed to further their understanding of the role of music in society. One of the primary goals of the course is to expose students to music of many styles and from many different eras, as well as from cultures across the globe. While studying how music has developed and come to be used by societies, students will also learn about basic musical notation, instruments of the band and orchestra, and key composers and musicians. Students will be encouraged to develop, and use on a regular basis, both active and critical listening skills to analyze the music that they are hearing on a more meaningful level. No prior musical experience is necessary, but some basic background may be helpful. A mind open to experiencing new and different types of music is a must! NOTE: This class will fulfill the fine arts requirement for graduation.


1)   APPRECIATION - Students will understand that music can communicate in ways that the written or spoken word cannot and vice versa. Like there are many verbal languages in the world, so there are many genres of music, each with its own unique method of communicating to the listener.(25%)

2)   CONSUMPTION - Students will understand the basic characteristics of music so that they will become more educated consumers of music. (25%)

3)   CREATION - Students will understand that every individual is capable of expressing their thoughts and feelings through the creation of music. (25%)

4)   PARTICIPATION - Students will understand the basic skills required to allow them to begin active participation in music either now, or later in life. (25%)

Performance Indicators:

A-1) Demonstrate an understanding of the functions of various types of music
Develop active listening skills that allow identification of the message that a piece of music may be sending
Apply knowledge of how music affects or reinforces human moods
Demonstrate knowledge of various eras and genres of music found the world over throughout the history of                    mankind

Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, and form
Apply knowledge of these concepts to develop an understanding of why certain types of music are more                       appealing than others

Demonstrate an understanding of the various means through which music can be created
Demonstrate the ability to compose a short melody
Demonstrate the ability to improvise a melody or rhythm
Demonstrate an understanding of how to manipulate existing musical and sound elements in such a way as to               create a new composition

Develop a command of the basic skills involved in reading and writin pitches and basic rhythms in the treble and            bass clefs
Demonstrate knowledge of the various types of careers available in the field of music
P-3) Demonstrate an understanding of potential “next steps” in the study and enjoyment of music