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Topic: Vocal skills and techniques 

Music

 Standard 1.  Sings, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 1.Sings ostinatos (repetition of a short musical pattern), partner songs, and rounds
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Sings ostinatos (repetition of a short musical pattern)
     2.Sings partner songs
     3.Sings rounds
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 1.Sings on pitch and in rhythm, with appropriate timbre, diction, and posture, and maintains a steady tempo
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Sings on pitch and in rhythm
     2.Sings with appropriate timbre
     3.Sings with appropriate diction
     4.Sings with appropriate posture
     5.Maintains a steady tempo when singing
   Benchmark 2.Sings expressively, with appropriate dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Sings expressively with appropriate dynamics
     2.Sings expressively with appropriate phrasing
     3.Sings expressively with appropriate interpretation
   Benchmark 3.Blends vocal timbres, matches dynamic levels, and responds to the cues of a conductor when singing as part of a group
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Blends vocal timbres when singing as part of a group
     2.Matches dynamic levels when singing as part of a group
     3.Responds to the cues of a conductor when singing as part of a group
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 1.Sings with good breath control, expression, and technical accuracy (e.g., appropriate timbre, intonation, and diction; correct pitches and rhythms) at a level that includes modest ranges and changes of tempo, key, and meter
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Sings with good breath control at a level that includes modest ranges and changes of tempo, key, and meter
     2.Sings with expression at a level that includes modest ranges and changes of tempo, key, and meter
     3.Sings with appropriate timbre, intonation, and diction at a level that includes modest ranges and changes of tempo, key, and meter
     4.Sings with correct pitches and rhythms at a level that includes modest ranges and changes of tempo, key, and meter
   Benchmark 2.Sings music written in two and three parts
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Sings music written in two parts
     2.Sings music written in three parts
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Sings a varied repertoire of vocal literature with expression and technical accuracy at a moderate level of difficulty (e.g., attention to phrasing and interpretation, various meters and rhythms in a variety of keys)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Sings a varied repertoire of vocal literature with expression at a moderate level of difficulty
     2.Sings a varied repertoire of vocal literature with technical accuracy at a moderate level of difficulty
     3.Sings a varied repertoire of vocal literature with attention to phrasing and interpretation
     4.Sings a varied repertoire of vocal literature of various meters and rhythms in a variety of keys
   Benchmark 2.Sings music written in four parts, with and without accompaniment
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Sings music written in four parts with accompaniment
     2.Sings music written in four parts without accompaniment