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Arts Education Standards

National Standards for Arts Education that apply to class work shown in featured schools:

Harmony Leland Elementary School, Mableton, Georgia


  • Content Standard 2 — Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Perform on pitch, in rhythm, with appropriate dynamics and timbre, and maintain a steady tempo
  • Content Standard 5 — Reading and notating music
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Read whole, half, dotted half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meter signatures

Smith Renaissance School of the Arts, Denver, Colorado


  • Content Standard 1 — Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Sing from memory a varied repertoire of songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures
    • Sing in groups, blending vocal timbres, matching dynamic levels, and responding to the cues of a conductor
  • Content Standard 9 — Understanding music in relation to history and culture
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Identify by genre or style aural examples of music from various historical periods and cultures

Source: National Standards for Arts Education, published by Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Copyright © 1994 by MENC. Used by permission. The complete National Arts Standards and additional materials relating to the standards are available from MENC, The National Association for Music Education, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191, telephone: 800-336-3768.

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