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Quality music education in schools integrates fundamental musical activities and presents them in a sequential, pedagogically sound curriculum. As identified in the 1997 National Assessment for Educational Progress in music, the processes of creating, performing, and responding to music are interwoven throughout a balanced and complete music program. The proposed Indiana state standards for music are based upon national standards that describe fundamental and vital content areas of musical activities. These standards are (1) singing alone and with others; (2) playing an instrument alone and with others; (3) reading, notating, and interpreting music; (4) improvising melodies and accompaniments; (5) composing and arranging music within specified guidelines; (6) listening to, analyzing, and describing music; (7) understanding relationships among music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts; (8) understanding music in relation to history and culture; and (9) evaluating music and music performances. Each standard is articulated at every grade level from kindergarten through grade 8. Because of the variety of performance ensembles, course offerings, and experience levels within high school music, the academic standards for grades 9-12 are arranged by course type rather than by specific grade level. (BT)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Music, Music Activities, Music Education, Music Techniques, Public Schools, State Standards, Student Development

Indiana Department of Education, Room 229, State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798; Web site:

Author: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis.


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