School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Music, Grade 2


Historical, Cultural, and Social Context:


Standard 2.0 Historical, Cultural, and Social Context

Students will demonstrate an understanding of music as an essential aspect of history and human experience.


  • 1. Develop the ability to recognize music as a form of individual and cultural expression through experiencing music as both personal and societal expression
  1. Describe characteristics that make certain music suitable for different uses, such as children's games, celebrations, and parades
  2. Sing, listen to, and examine music representative of different activities, holidays, and seasons in a variety of world cultures


  • 2. Become acquainted with the roles of music in the lives of people
  1. Listen to and perform a rich repertoire of music that reflects different roles music plays in the lives of people, such as patriotic songs, spirituals, and songs of celebration
  2. Perform songs and dances from a variety of historical periods and world cultures, including some connected to general classroom studies


  • 3. Explore the relationship of music to dance, theatre, the visual arts and other disciplines
  1. Experiment with individual creative expression through music as it relates to dance, creative dramatics, and the visual arts
  2. Participate in music activities that relate music content, processes, and skills with those in other subjects taught in the school, such as cumulative songs for mathematics and regions of the world for social studies


  • 4. Develop knowledge of a wide variety of styles and genres through the study of music history
  1. Listen to and describe similarities and differences in more than one version of the same piece, including examples representative of a variety of styles and genres, both historical and contemporary

August 6, 2008