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Topic: Evaluation and interpretation of music 

Music

 Standard 6.  Knows and applies appropriate criteria to music and music performances
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 3.Responds through purposeful movement (e.g., swaying, skipping, dramatic play) to selected prominent music characteristics or to specific music events (e.g., meter changes, dynamic changes, same/different sections)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Responds through purposeful movement to selected prominent music characteristics
     2.Responds through purposeful movement to selected specific music events
     3.Responds to music through swaying
     4.Responds to music through skipping
     5.Responds to music through dramatic play
     6.Responds to meter changes through movement
     7.Responds to dynamic changes through movement
     8.Responds to same/different sections through movement
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 4.Knows criteria that affect the quality (e.g., use of elements to create unity, variety, tension/release, balance) and effectiveness (e.g., expressive impact) of music performances and compositions
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows criteria that affect the quality of music performances and compositions
     2.Knows criteria that affect the effectiveness of music performances and compositions
     3.Knows that by using the elements to create unity and variety, a higher quality of music can be achieved
     4.Knows that by using the elements to create tension and release, a higher quality of music can be achieved
     5.Knows that by using the elements to create balance, a higher quality of music can be achieved
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 4.Knows specific criteria that affect the quality and effectiveness of music performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations (e.g., considers questions of unity or variety, consistency, appropriate use of resources)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows specific criteria that affect the quality and effectiveness of music performances
     2.Knows specific criteria that affect the quality and effectiveness of music compositions
     3.Knows specific criteria that affect the quality and effectiveness of music arrangements
     4.Knows specific criteria that affect the quality and effectiveness of music improvisations
     5.Knows that unity and variety affect the quality and effectiveness of music
     6.Knows that consistency affects the quality and effectiveness of music
     7.Knows that appropriate use of resources affects the quality and effectiveness of music
 Standard 7.  Understands the relationship between music and history and culture
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 2.Understands characteristics that cause various musical works (e.g., from different genres, styles, historical periods, composers) to be considered exemplary
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands characteristics that cause various musical works from different genres to be considered exemplary
     2.Understands characteristics that cause various musical works from different styles to be considered exemplary
     3.Understands characteristics that cause various musical works from different historical periods to be considered exemplary
     4.Understands characteristics that cause various musical works from different composers to be considered exemplary