Today’s educational culture places a high value on quantifying academic achievement. Clearly, gauging student progress and learning is important. At the same time, we must recognize that our true mission as educators lies in shaping the students behind the scores. Studies have demonstrated positive links between music education and outcomes such as test scores and graduation rates. For more information on the National Standards of Music, please visit the National Association for Music Education.
Standards for Students
- Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
- Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
- Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
- Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
- Reading and notating music.
- Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
- Evaluating music and music performances.
- Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
- Understanding music in relation to history and culture.