Music Core Standards to provide students opportunities to achieve musical proficiency in Four Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting.

Below are suggested activities that are related to Music Core Standards - Performing and Responding (Creating is coming). Please note this is NOT a curriculum. Feel free to modify the materials to meet your needs.

GRADE 3

*Depth of Knowledge

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Demonstrate skills and competency levels in Performing.

Pr4.1: A. Perform music for a specific purpose with expression and technical accuracy.

  • Gr3: *Explain how the selection of music to perform is influenced by personal interest, knowledge, and describe its connection to a specific purpose and context.
    • e.g., Romantic & Impressionism era, American folk and pop, Hawaiian, Asian Pacific, Polynesian songs and music.   

Pr4.2: A. Analyzing creators’ context and how they manipulate elements of music provides insight into their intent and informs performance.

  • Gr3: *Demonstrate understanding of the structure in music.
    • Low so,: Kahuli Aku (Hawaiian);
    • Do pentatonic:
    • High La:
    • 3/4 meter, Ta-a-a:
    • Syn-co-pa (eighth-quarter-eighth):
    • Groupings in two, three, & four (duple, triple, quadruple & compound)

Pr4.3: Enduring Understanding: Performers make interpretive decisions based on their understanding of context and expressive intent. 

  • Gr3: *Demonstrate and describe how intent is conveyed through expressive qualities.

Pr5.1: Enduring Understanding: To express their musical ideas, musicians analyze, evaluate, and refine their performance over time through openness to new ideas, persistence, and the application of appropriate criteria. 

  • Gr3: *Apply teacher‐provided and collaboratively‐developed criteria and feedback to evaluate accuracy of ensemble performances.

Pr5.1: Enduring Understanding: To express their musical ideas, musicians analyze, evaluate, and refine their performance over time through openness to new ideas, persistence, and the application of appropriate criteria. 

  • Gr3: *Apply teacher‐provided and collaboratively‐developed criteria and feedback to evaluate accuracy of ensemble performances.

Pr6.1: Enduring Understanding: Musicians judge performance based on criteria that vary across time, place, and cultures. The context and how a work is presented influence the audience response. 

  • Gr3: *Perform music with expression and technical accuracy.


Demonstrate skills and competency levels in Responding.


Re7.1: Enduring Understanding: Individuals' selection of musical works is influenced by their interests, experiences, understandings, and purposes.

  • Gr3: *Select music for listening and show connections to personal interests and/or personal experiences.

Re8.1: Enduring Understanding: Through their use of elements and structures of music, creators and performers provide clues to their expressive intent. 

  • Gr3: *Describe the use of dynamics, tempo, timbre, and texture in the creators' compositions/performers’ interpretations to reflect expressive intent.

Re9.1: Enduring Understanding: The personal evaluation of musical work(s) and performance(s) is informed by analysis, interpretation, and established. 

  • Gr3: *Critique musical works and performances, applying established criteria, and describe appropriateness to the context. 


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