Music Appreciation Curriculum Map

Music Appreciation Curriculum Map

Music Appreciation Curriculum Map




Matched to Standards


Students will be able to:




Week 1-3  

Describe your favorite artist/group.

Chapter 1-2

Music in our culture

Music in other cultures

H 2.1, 3.1, 5.1

H 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

H 7.1, 7.3

H 9.1, 9.2

Define music

Compare & Contrast styles of music

Recognize culturally diverse genres

Describe music using appropriate terminology  

Note Taking

Engage in class discussion

Develop appropriate terminology

Homework & Practice

Chapter review  

Vocabulary quiz

 Descriptive Essay

Week 4

Chapter 3

Interpreting Rhythm Through Movement

H 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

H 3.1, 3.4

H 4.1 , 4.4

H 6.1, 6.2, 7.1

Body movements to understand rhythm

Become familiar with tempo, pulse, meter, and accent

Differentiate between “real” and “felt” time

Homework & Practice

Worksheet Notes

Chapter review

Class discussion

Mid-term test

Standard based test

Vocabulary oral quiz

Week 5 – 7

Chapter 5 - 6

From the performer’s perspective

From the listener’s perspective

H 1.1, 1.2

H 2.2, 2.3

H 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

How to “think” about music

Learn how to classify voices musically

Understand musical communication as a performer

Vocal musical exercises

Class Discussion

Note Taking

Chapter Review


Standards based quiz

Vocab oral quiz

Week 7-10  

Chapter 7

Reading Music Notation

Playing Keyboard Instruments 

Virtuoso Performers

H 5.1, 5.3, 5.4

H 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

H 7.1, 7.3

H 9.1, 9.2

 Discuss and develop basic understanding of music notation

Read and perform basic musical examples

Discover what makes music difficult to master

Learn to recognize and describe characteristics of a virtuoso performer

Online music notation quiz

Note taking

Chapter review

Peer review

Perform for peers
Writing basic melody and harmony 

Performance assessment

Standard based quiz

Listening quiz


Week 11-14

 The great composers unit

Chapter 23

H 2.1

H 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

H 7.1, 7.3

Describe the differences between classical genres

Identify and describe different classical styles by sound

Recognize the connection between music and the corresponding aspects of society

Bach printout

Mozart printout

Beethoven printout

Wagner printout

Stravinsky printout

Chapter review

Standard based test

Standard based quiz

Listening test

Week 15-17  

Music of our generation

Music of our time

H 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

H 7.1, 7.3, 7.4

H 8.1, 8.2

Discuss the musical aspects of today’s popular music

Identify the correlation between music and the reflection of the society where it was created

Student presentations

Peer reviews

Rubric based peer evaluations

Presentation test

Student presentation rubric

Week 18



Indiana academic standards for instrumental music:

  1. PERFORMING MUSIC: Singing alone and with others.
  2. PERFORMING MUSIC: Playing an instrument alone and with others.
  3. CREATING MUSIC: Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  4. CREATING MUSIC: Composing and arranging music within specific guidelines.
  5. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Reading, notating, and interpreting music.
  6. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
  7. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Evaluating music and music performance.
  8. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Understanding the relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
  9. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
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