Achieving Expression through Beethoven
What makes music expressive?
Understandings & Standards
The core understand of this unit is for students to understand how to use articulation, dynamic, and sound to create music that is audibly expressive.

It is important that students
  • learn the background of a composer and a piece in order to fully understand what they’re expressing.
  • Understand the underlying concepts that go into producing a good tone.

Achievement Standard 2a. Students perform on at least one instrument accurately and independently, alone and in small and large ensembles, with good posture, good playing position, and good breath, bow, or stick control
Achievement Standard 2b. Students perform with expression and technical accuracy on at least one string, wind, percussion, or classroom instrument a repertoire of instrumental literature with a level of difficulty of 2, on a scale of 1 to 6
Achievement Standard 2c. Students perform music representing diverse genres and cultures, with expression appropriate for the work being performed
Content Standard 4 Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Achievement Standard 4c. Students use a variety of traditional and nontraditional sound sources and electronic media when composing and arranging
Content Standard 6 Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Achievement Standard 6a. Students describe specific music events in a given aural example, using appropriate terminology
Content Standard 7 Evaluating music and music performances
Achievement Standard 7a. Students develop criteria for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of music performances and compositions and apply the criteria in their personal listening and performing
Content Standard 9 Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Achievement Standard 9a. Students describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures
Achievement Standard 9c. Students compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed