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The standards in this document are intended to provide every student in North Dakota's public schools with a set of skills that will enable him or her to participate in lifelong leisure, avocational, or professional music pursuits. To help all students achieve the standards outlined in the booklet, North Dakota educators must continue to ensure that all students have music instruction throughout their k-12 education; ensure that the focus of each and every public performance is an outgrowth of the district's curriculum, the standards, and classroom instruction which produces a quality product; improve and increase professional development; improve teacher education programs; increase and reallocate funding to support the arts; and involve school boards, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members. Following an introduction, the document lists the following music content standards: (1) Singing; (2) Instrumental Performance; (3) Improvisation; (4) Composition; (5) Reading Music; (6) Listening; (7) Evaluating Music; (8) Music and Other Disciplines; and (9) Music, History, and Culture. Includes benchmarks, specific knowledge, and sample activities for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. (BT)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Benchmarking, Elementary Secondary Education, Music, Music Activities, Music Education, Performance Based Assessment, Public Schools, State Standards, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Central Services, State Capitol, 11th Floor, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0440; Tel: 701-328-2272; Fax: 701-328-2461; Web site: (

Author: Koppang, Angie; Loe, Linda; Neumann, Scott; Stordalen, Emilie; Vranna, Jeff; Hagen, Sarah; Odegaard, Denese


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