3rd Music Standards

Ohio Music Standards: Third Grade

Enduring Understandings:

Personal Choice and Vision: Students construct and solve problems of personal relevance and interest when expressing themselves through music.

Critical and Creative Thinking: Students combine and apply artistic and reasoning skills to imagine, create, realize and refine musical works in conventional and innovative ways and to understand the works produced and performed by others.

Authentic Application and Collaboration: Students work individually and in groups to focus ideas and create and perform music to address genuine local and global community needs.

Literacy: As consumers, critics and creators, students evaluate and understand visual and performing artworks and other texts produced in the media forms of the day.

Progress Points:
Students will, at an appropriate developmental level:

  1. Sing and play instruments, focusing on how musical elements such as tempo, beat, rhythm, pitch, form, harmony and timbre create meaning.
  2. Listen to and perform a wide variety of music from multiple cultures focusing on the historical and cultural significance of the works.
  3. Identify and classify voices, musical instruments, roles and careers of musicians.
  4. Relate historical information from the study of music to other art forms and disciplines outside the arts.
  5. Develop criteria to evaluate solo and group performances of music.


1CEVisually and aurally, identify the four families of orchestral instruments.

2CEIdentify and discriminate between sounds produced by various instruments and the human voice.

3CEListen to and identify the music of different composers of world cultures.

4CEIdentify and respond to simple music forms (e.g., AB, ABA).

5CEIdentify elements of music using developmentally appropriate vocabulary.

6CEIdentify careers in music including composing, performing and conducting


1PRSing a varied repertoire with accurate rhythm and pitch individually and with others.

2PRFollow and respond to the cues of a conductor.

3PRUse the head voice to produce a light, clear sound while maintaining appropriate posture.

4PRPlay a variety of classroom instruments with proper technique.

5PRSing, move and respond to music from world cultures and different composers.

6PRImprovise and compose simple rhythmic and melodic phrases.

7PRRead, write and perform using eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes and quarter rests in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 meter.

8PRRead, write and perform in treble clef a extended pentatonic melodies in G, F and C.

9PRDemonstrate appropriate audience etiquette at live performances.


1RE   Compare and discuss the use of similarly-named elements (e.g. form, line, rhythm) in music and other art forms.

2RE  Notice and describe what they hear in selected pieces of music and compare their responses to those of others.

3RE  Explain personal preferences for specific musical selections using music vocabulary.

4RE  Evaluate audience etiquette associated with various musical performances and settings.

5RE  Analyze music in terms of how it communicates words, feelings, moods or images.

6RE  Compare interpretations of the same piece of music as they occur though dance, drama, and visual art.

7RE  Create criteria and use it to critique their own performances and the performances of others.