The National Standards for Arts Education constitute one of the biggest educational reform efforts ever undertaken in American education. The standards focus on where the action is - at the local level, the grassroots level.
The National Standards aren't prescriptive, because community control of local schools is a guiding principle in American education. Community control, however, also means community responsibility. The arts standards do set important targets for a student's academic knowledge and achievement in music, dance, theatre and visual arts, as measured at the end of grades 4, 8 and 12. They give our communities the benchmarks we need to fulfill our responsibility to our students.
Take a look at an overview of National Music Content Standards, and some points to consider when planning to implement them in your program in this tip sheet, Focusing on the Classroom: Music Content Standards.
Republished with permission of the Music Achievement Council. For more tips on keeping music strong in your schools, visit the site devoted to all things music advocacy: www.supportmusic.com.