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  • 1. National Standards for Music Education Andrew Bowling, Lavianna Felder, and Lance Bird
  • 2. History
    • 1980’s - Education reforms and accountability in all curricular subjects
    • 1994 - MENC created national standards
    • Not adopted by all states
    • Some states created their own standards
  • 3. Three Levels
    • Grades K - 4
      • Can “answer” simple melodies in same style
      • Differentiate genres of music
      • Recognize earliest elements of music
        • 4/4, ¾,2/4, quarter notes, eight notes
  • 4. Three Levels continued
    • Grades 5 - 8
      • More difficult levels of music
      • Able to compose short pieces
      • Recognize advances time signatures and rhythms
        • 3/8, 6/8, sixteenth notes, dotted notes and rests
  • 5. Three Levels continued
    • Grades 9 – 12
      • Divided into proficient and advanced
      • Play high, or highest, level of music
  • 6.  
  • 7. National Standards
    • 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.
  • 8. Standards continued
    • 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.
  • 9. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
    • Sing accurately
    • Sing with expression and technicality
    • Sing diverse genres
    • Sing in groups, and eventually multiple parts
    • Choral students sing in appropriate difficulty
  • 10. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
    • Students perform on at least one instrument
    • Students perform on instrument on their appropriate difficulty
    • Play diverse genres
    • Play simple melodies by ear
    • Band students play on appropriate difficulty
  • 11. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
    • K-4
      • “answers,” short & simple melodies, simple embellishments
    • Becomes more and more complex as they continue
    • 9-12
      • Improvise over chord changes, and improvise harmonies that fit in the style (proficient)
  • 12. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
    • K-4
      • Create music to accompany readings or dramas
      • Compose short songs
      • Use variety of sound
    • 9-12
      • Compose in several different styles
      • Create arrangements
      • Use many different sounds (electronic, acoustic, traditional, non-traditional, etc.)
  • 13. Reading and notating music
    • Students read notes, times, and expressional phrases
    • Students can sight read
    • Students can read standard notation symbols
    • Students use standard notation to create their own ideas
    • Choral or band students can sight read on appropriate difficulty
  • 14. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
    • Students accurately describe music events in an aural example
    • Students analyze the uses of elements of music that represent different cultures
    • Students display knowledge of music while listening to music
    • K-4
      • Respond through purposeful movement
  • 15. Evaluating music and music performances.
    • Students can evaluate music and apply the positives to their own playing
    • Students can evaluate their own playing and their peers’ playing and use constructive criticism
  • 16. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
    • Students will take ideas from various arts to form original ideas
    • Students will transfer subject matter between music and other academic fields
    • Find similarities between music and scholarly principles and disciplines
  • 17. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
    • Students will describe different genres from different time periods by characteristics
    • Students compare musicals roles throughout cultures
    • Students will describe different genres from different time periods by composer
  • 18. Sources
    • http://www.education-world.com/standards/national/arts/music/5_8. shtml
    • http://www.menc.org/resources/view/national-standards-for-music- education