Indiana Music Standards

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1. PERFORMING MUSIC: Singing alone and with others

We sing all year as singing is one of the most basic skills of a musician; however, the Veterans Day program gives us a chance to really practice singing on pitch and in rhythm, with good tone quality, and following a conductor. We also sing these great American songs from memory! The majority of these songs are from the Music K-8 Magazines by Plank Road Publishing. I have moved these songs to their own page. They can be found now on the Home page under Veterans Videos.


Here are some great links to help your singing:

Music K-8 For Kids! All kinds of fun musical activities!

A to Z Singing Tips 26 tips from A to Z on singing.

Voice Training Exercises for singers including breathing and sight-singing tips.

Big Ears, An Online Ear Trainer A program to help aural recognition.

Karaoke Tools and Singing Tips More tips for singers.

Perfect Pitch Game Do you have perfect pitch? You can practice here.

2. PERFORMING MUSIC: Playing an instrument alone and with others

The students in kindergarten to third grade play on the keyboards and melody bells, using a system for remembering note pitch names developed by Myles Music. As my students only meet 40 minutes a week, I decided it was futile to try to learn to play both the recorder and the piano. We received two grants and now have 24 Casio and Yamaha keyboards in our classroom, enough to seat a whole class. Grades 4 – 6 now use the Bastien Piano method. All students play a fun new instrument called a boomwhacker. Boomwhackers are colorful tubes that are tuned to specific pitches. Students play on them by whacking them on the floor or desk or hitting them with their hand or a mallet. The boomwhackers can be used to play melodies or chords. Some students in grade six join band and meet twice a week with Mrs. Mayfield. Students who do not join band continue to play keyboards and also play Suzuki Tone Bells. All students grades kindergarten to six play our collection of percussion instruments. The most popular unpitched rhythm instrument in our school is the Remo Large Gathering Drum. We purchased six Remo drums in 2001 by collecting Pepsi points. They are a great and colorful addition to our music room. Thanks, Pepsi Company! Another popular instrument in our music room is the Yamaha Clavinova. It has a great touch and features a large bank of instrument tone colors.

Here are some links for recorders:

JoyTunes We love the website and iPad app

Recorder Fingering Chart Interactive chart

Rockin’ Recorders

Mr. Everybody’s Recorder Pages

Piano links:

Play a Piano A virtual piano.

Piano Nanny A great online piano lesson site.

Free Online Piano Lessons

Mr. Everybody’s Musical Apartment Building video

Other instruments:

Play a Virtual Drum

Play Boomwhackers

Play the Xylophone with Clifford

3. CREATING MUSIC: Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments

Students improvise simple harmonies to accompany pieces or songs. They improvise rhythmic and melodic ostinatos, as well as rhythmic or melodic variations on familiar melodies or themes. We begin the year by saying each student’s first and last name in a two beat pattern. We have grouped all the names of students in grades one to six by food names that have the same patterns. We also have a chart of four beat patterns that we use to make rhythmic ostinato patterns. Melodic ostinatos are played on the bells and keyboards. I have also taped musical rhythm patterns to objects in my room. These patterns can be used to improvise new rhythms. Students who finish lessons early are allowed to go back to the keyboards to improvise (with headphones on, of course).

NDES Food Name Pictures

NDES Four Beat Patterns


JazClass Jazz Improvisation lessons using the folk song, “Scarborough Fair.”

Jazz For Young People: Improvisation Jazz at Lincoln Center

4. CREATING MUSIC: Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines

Students create and arrange music to go with readings or dramas. They create short songs or instrumental pieces with help from the instructor. Younger students use created notation such as pictures or graphs. Older students play their own compositions.


Create Your Own Music

Free Manuscript Paper Print the paper and write your own songs!

Finale Notepad Inexpensive computer program to write music and print on printer.

The Rhyme Zone Rhyming Dictionary for all those songs students create.

The Songwriting Guide Tips for writing music.

5. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Reading, notating, and interpreting music

Students read and write musical notation in simple meters. They identify symbols and musical terms referring to dynamics, tempo, and articulation, and interpret them correctly while performing. Grades six and three have been using software (laptop and projector) to drill note names and rhythms. It is called Music Ace; it’s software that brings music to life.

Terms and symbols each student should know for each grade. Special thanks to the teacher at Bangert School, Meredith Inserra.

Grades: KindergartenFirstSecondThirdFourthFifth, and Sixth

Links: Great site for lessons, trainers, and utilities.

Curwen Hand Signs Have you seen the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

Musical Mysteries The resource helps pupils to explore basic musical concepts in sound, rhythm and mood.

Online Music Flashcards Learn to read music with these flash cards of notes.

More Flashcards Treble and bass clefs as well as key signatures.

Intervals to Practice Use famous songs. Example: Octave = Somewhere (over the rainbow).

6. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music

Students identify music forms when they are heard. They discuss music of various styles and cultures, using proper terminology when doing so. Students identify the sounds of various instruments and voices. They also use movement to respond to musical traits or events as they are heard.

NDES Rhythm Instrument Cards Students should be able to group these pictures into the four families of unpitched rhythm instruments–woods, metals, drums, and shakers/scrappers. There are also a few pictures of pitched instruments.


Music Dictionary Includes audio pronunciation and Appendix.

Music Glossary It has links to two other sites underneath the title.

Musipedia Melody Search Type in up, down, or repeat to find a song. Type in  the letters    *uuduudduuddurduddduudd for “Michael, Row the Boat A Shore.”

Music Adventure Land Many styles of music are demonstrated with audio clips.

Virtual Instrument Museum Pictures and audio clips of instruments.

Percussion Instruments Pronunciation, Photos, and some videos.


7. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Evaluating and critiquing music and music performances

Students develop criteria for musical quality. They explain personal preferences for musical works and styles, using proper music terminology as it is learned. They evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their own and others’ compositions and performances. They also learn importance of proper concert behavior.


NDES Etiquette Bulletin Board A reminder for concert behavior.

Concert Etiquette A quiz about behavior at concerts.

8. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts

Students identify similarities and differences in the meaning of terms common to other arts disciplines. The arts include music, art, theatre, and dance. Some terms in music that can be compared with other arts include imagination, repetition, and contrast. We also talk about how music heard or sung in class makes you feel, and do the same after viewing a painting, a play, or a ballet. Students should also be able to describe ways that music is related to other subject areas such as science, history, math, or language arts.


Sand Art and Music Beautiful drawings in sand with peaceful music background.

The Science of Music Explore science through these online exhibits.

Space Station Music A surprising number of astronauts are also musicians.

Play a Synthesizer with Oscilloscope See what sound waves look like.

Radacadabra A site devoted to ballet and dancing around the world.

Kaleidoscope Painter Try your hand at being a painter.

50 State Songs The official state songs of all 50 US States.

Music on the Trail The Lewis-Clark Expedition included several musical instruments.

Kennesaw Line  and On An Underground Railroad Civil War Song videos.

Songs and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House On the Prairie tie-in to music, history, and literature.

NDES 50 States Slides I made these for a Veterans Day video about the 50 Nifty United States.

9. RESPONDING TO MUSIC: Understanding music in relation to history and culture

Students develop an understanding of the relationship of music to the historical period in which it was composed. They describe how the elements of music are used in examples from world cultures. They also discuss the uses of music in everyday life and throughout history.


On This Day In Music History Find what happened in music on any date.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Students can explore the development of rock music and the historical and technological developments that influenced its growth.

The World of Music Select a country and learn more about music of the continent.