Honors Components: In addition to the regular curriculum, Honors level (proficient and advanced) students will complete assignments from this list.
Proficient students will complete four assignments – 2 by the first day of midterms and 2 by the first day of finals. Advanced students will complete six assignments – 3 by the first day of midterms and 3 by the first day of finals.
Honors assignments will be graded pass/resubmit/fail. Student work that does not “pass” will be returned for resubmission. Failure to complete all required assignments satisfactorily before deadlines will result in “fail” of Honors assignments and a lowered letter grade for the semester. A student who fails to complete all required Honors assignments cannot receive higher than a “B” for the semester.
Honors Activities, following the standard addressed by each, appear below. Choose four (4) for Proficient and six (6) for Advanced:
Standard 1. The learner will sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
- Participate in Solo Festival teacher observation
- Audition for singing activity outside assigned school
Standard 2. The learner will play on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
- Accompany the choir using the piano
- accompany the choir using other instruments
- Play assigned voice part on the piano
Standard 3. The learner will improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
- Improvise a solo line within a choir piece
Standard 4. The learner will compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.
- Arrange for choir a folksong, hymn, Alma Mater, etc.
- Present an original composition at the school concert
- Use notation software to transcribe an original composition
Standard 5. The learner will read and notate music.
- Learn a song without the aid of teacher, outside musician, or recording
- Transpose a solo into a different key
Standard 6. The learner will listen to, analyze, and describe music.
- Attend three (3) approved professional performances and write a criticism
Standard 7. The learner will evaluate music and music performances.
- Lead a sectional rehearsal teacher observation
- Visit other area schools to observe rehearsals or performances
Standard 8. The learner will understand relationships between music, the other arts, and content areas outside the arts.
- Prepare and present a research project about music and its relationship to other art forms as specified by the teacher (presentation should include a multimedia element)
Standard 9. The learner will understand music in relation to history and culture.
- prepare and present a research project about music and its relationship to society, history and culture as specified by the teacher (presentation should include a multimedia element)