1st Music Standards

Ohio Music Standards: First Grade

Enduring Understanding:

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 the appropriate developmental level:

  1. Demonstrate how musical elements communicate meaning and emotion by playing, singing or moving to music.
  2. Recognize the use of music for various purposes by performers and listeners in a variety of cultures.
  3. Create music in simple forms to be performed with dance, drama or in response to a work of visual art.
  4. Individually and collaboratively select ideas and a media form of the day to create musical pieces.
  5. Use digital technology to listen to and study music recognizing instruments, voices, ensembles and musical forms.
  6.        Form and express opinions about music they hear in formal and informal live and recorded


1CE  Identify echo and call/response.

2CE  Explore steady beat, rhythm and meter.

3CE  Listen to and identify music of various and contrasting styles, composers, periods and cultures.

4CE  Identify elements of music using developmentally appropriate vocabulary (e.g., rhythm, syllables and solfege).

5CE  Explore selected musical instruments aurally and visually.

6CE  Attend live music performances with emphasis on concert etiquette.


1PR  Demonstrate echo and call/response.

2PR  Sing (using head voice and appropriate posture) and move to music of various styles, composers and cultures with accurate pitch and rhythm.

3PR  Read, write and perform using eighth notes, quarter notes and quarter rests.

4PR  Improvise new lyrics to known songs and experiment with digital technology.

5PR  Read, write and perform (e.g., la-sol-mi) melodies on the treble staff in G-do, F-do and C-do using a        system (e.g., solfege, numbers or letters).

6PR Play a variety of classroom instruments, alone and with others, and demonstrate proper technique.

7PR Demonstrate audience behavior appropriate for the context and style of music performed.


1RE  Recognize how music is used for a variety of occasions.

2RE  Describe how music communicates feelings, moods, images and meaning.

3RE  Communicate a response to music using dance, drama or visual art.

4RE  Connect concepts shared between music, other art forms and other curricular subjects.

5RE  Form and express personal opinions about a musical performance and show respect for the opinions of others.

6RE  Describe the challenges of individual and group music performance using music vocabulary.

7RE Discuss audience behavior appropriate for the context and style of music performed.