4th Music Standards

Ohio Music Standards: Fourth 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.


1CE                  Classify instruments by the four families of the orchestra.

2CE                  Describe the way sound is produced by various instruments and the human voice

3CE                  Listen, identify and respond to music of different composers and world cultures.

4CE                  Discuss the lives and times of composers from various historical periods.

5CE                  Identify and respond to basic music forms (e.g., AABA and rondo).

6CE                  Identify elements of music using developmentally appropriate vocabulary.

7CE                  Describe the roles of musicians in various music settings.

8CE                  Describe the use of technology and digital tools in music.


1PR Sing a varied repertoire with accurate rhythm and pitch and expressive qualities  individually and with others.

2PR Use the head voice to produce a light, clear sound employing breath support and  maintaining appropriate posture.

3PR Play a variety of classroom instruments with proper technique.

4PR Sing, move and respond to music from world cultures and different composers.

5PR Improvise and compose short compositions using a variety of classroom instruments and sound sources.

6PR Read, write and perform using sixteenth through whole note values including syncopated rhythms in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 meter.

7PR Read, write and perform in treble clef extended pentatonic melodies G, F and C.

8PR Demonstrate appropriate audience etiquette at live performances.


1RE Explain how the elements and subject matter of music connect with disciplines outside the arts.

2RE Describe the connection between emotion and music in selected musical works.

3RE Explain classification of musical instruments, voices, composers and forms using appropriate music vocabulary.

4RE Discuss the roles of musicians heard in various performance settings.

5RE Interpret a selected musical work using dance, drama or visual art.

6RE Use constructive feedback to improve and refine musical performance and response.