Basic skills are integrated in the competence aims where they contribute to developing the competence in the subject while also being part of this competence. In music, the basic skills are understood as follows:
Oral skills in music refer to singing, composing by experimenting with the voice and playing music together and vocal performance. This skill also refers to being able to put into words what is heard and what one wishes to express and present of one’s own personal music experiences of and reflections on music as a phenomenon.
Being able to write in music means using various forms of notation. This is a necessary tool, serving as support in musical sequences, as part of improvisation and listening exercises and as part of the ability to note down and preserve one’s own compositions in music and dance. Writing is also used to experiment with language rhymes, rhythm and sound, to present musical experiences, ideas and form expressions, and to reflect on knowledge in the subject.
Being able to read in music refers to being able to interpret and understand different musical expressions, symbols, signs and forms of notation. The ability to concentrate over time is an important requirement for reading, and through listening to and playing music, and interpreting musical expressions and symbols, the music subject gives important contributions to this. Reading texts will be an important foundation on which to build one's own compositions and as a source of reflection.
Numeracy in music refers to becoming familiar with the basic elements of music and different musical patterns, variations and forms, and to calculating time and space in musical and bodily expressions. Through recognition and application of the basic elements of music, understanding is developed on how different patterns and structures characterise artistic and musical expressions.
Digital literacy in music refers to developing music-technology competence connected to listening, playing music and composing. Part of the music subject involves the use of recording equipment and music software to assemble and manipulate audio in one’s own compositions. This also includes knowledge on how to critically judge sources and knowledge about copyrights for such use of music.
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