Academic Standards for
Swinging with Big Band Music

Eighth Grade Standards


National Association for Music Education Standards

Content Standard 6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
Achievement Standard:

  • Students will describe specific music events in a given aural example, using appropriate terminology;
  • analyze the uses of elements of music in aural examples representing diverse genres and cultures
  • demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions in their analyses of music;

Content Standard 8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
Achievement Standard:

  • Students will compare in two or more arts how the characteristic materials of each art can be used to transform similar events, scenes, emotions, or ideas into works of art;
  • describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with those of music.

Content Standard 9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Achievement Standard:

  • Students will describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures;
  • classify by genre and style (and, if applicable, by historical period, composer, and title) a varied body of exemplary (that is, high-quality and characteristic) musical works and explain the characteristics that cause each work to be considered exemplary;
  • compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed.

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