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Music education develops the students’ auditory sense, their creative potential for working with sound and their ability to express themselves and communicate through music. Music students express their ideas and personal vision of the world, the ideas and vision of their classmates and those of various composers - using music as the medium of expression as they invent, interpret and appreciate musical pieces.

 

Music Competencies - Elementary

Competency 2: To appreciate musical works, personal productions and those of classmates

The act of appreciation is one of examining (listening to and listening for) and reflecting on a work, whether it is one's own composition, the work of classmates, or professional and amateur work hear inside and outside the classroom. In the arts, teachers are often challenged by time constraints, and wonder how to fit appreciation into tight timelines. Two things to consider are:

- Keep it simple - introduce a framework and use it exclusively for a while

- Do it often - regular moments of appreciation cultivate the appreciation reflex

Keep it simple Ideas Do it often Ideas
Use post-its on a large Venn diagram on the wall or interactive white board Build in an appreciation moment at the very start of a composition project, or at the beginning of every period.
Have students discuss in groups and share notes on a single Appreciation sheet Have an appreciation file or station in your classroom for inspiration, and make sure students leave traces in an appreciation journal
Use the same framework for the Artist Statement for personal creations. Build in appreciation of finished works at the close of a project or as projects are completed

Professional Learning

Spotlight on the Arts

An annual effervescent art education happening organized by the MAD2 DEEN subcommittee, featuring guest speakers, workshops in all four Arts subjects, a round-table discussion and on the spot art-making. Go to page 

Professional Organizations

MEES Program Documents

Quebec Education Program

QEP Elementary Music Download 

Progression of Learning

Elementary Music Download 

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning Elementary Music Download 

30 DAYS OF ART

Take the 30 Days of Art challenge! A great way to inspire everyone to engage with the arts every day. 

CHOOSE A SMART CAREER

A poster designed to inspire students to choose various careers in the Arts. Available from you Arts consultant, or download the Tabloid PNG.