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Merriam Big Ideas

:
 Music is a tool for expression and communication
 Music is a tool for community building

Essential Questions:
 What is the purpose and function of performing music in a community?
 What skills do I need to show and share music with others?

Objectives/Content/Dispositions
 Performing skills (instrument performance)
o Technical and musical understandings
 Digital music skills (ujam, recording, etc)
 Open-mindedness and democracy
 Evaluating performances
 Describing and analyzing
 Problem solving and grit
 Cultivating 21
st
century dispositions (creativity, innovation, critical thinking,
collaboration, communication)

Service Components:
 Peer mentoring
 Performing in and out of school
 Donating time and talent

National Core Standards:
Phase 3 - How can I make musical connections to benefit my
community?
Phase 2 - What do I need to know and be able to do to prepare a
quality performance in my community?
Phase 1 - What is the purpose of performing music for people?
Anchor Standard #4 – Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.
Anchor Standard #5 – Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
Anchor Standard #6 – Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Assessment:
 Informal classroom discussions
 Self-assessment writing:
 “What is the purpose of performing music for people?”
o To what degree did we express emotion?
o To what extent did we achieve craftsmanship?
o To what extent did we succeed in performance production?
 Daily informal written self-assessment to assess dispositions:
o What problems did you solve today to achieve your goals?
o How hard did you work today?
 Written performance evaluations
o To what extent is your performance expressive?
o To what extent is your performance innovative?
o To what extent does your performance exhibit quality craftsmanship?

Phase 1: What is the purpose of performing music for people?
 Brainstorm:
o “What makes a quality performance?”
o Create criteria for evaluating student performances:
 Expression, craftsmanship, innovation
 Explain the project overview: (project goals, activities, etc)

Phase 2: What do I need to know and be able to do to prepare a quality performance for
the community?
 Determine music selection – describing and analyzing the technical and
expressive qualities of the literature
 Problem solve the challenges of the piece in groups (rehearsing)
o Initial performance recording with evaluation
o Working in groups to revise and refine
o Final performance recording to determine readiness

Phase 3: How can I make musical connections to benefit my community?
 Brainstorm:
o How do we get into our community?
 Develop networks with community members (KEYS, EI, etc.)
 Organize resources for performance
 Share our work
 Reflect afterwards