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Rationale for Music Education
When a child studies music, significant elements of his or her education find focus and expression: developing the ability to understand and use symbols in new contexts, discovering the power, precision, and control of mathematics in unexpected ways; finding and directing personal creativity; exercising the diverse skills of problem solving; experiencing the joy of self-expression; growing into the liberation acquired through self-discipline; and participating in the deeply human satisfaction of shared work and the gratification of challenges met.
In addition to these characteristics fundamental to education, music shares with the other arts a resource that is of paramount importance to the education of the young: Music is a highway for exploring the emotional and aesthetic dimensions of experience. Indeed, here is where music and the other arts make their unique and most visible contribution. Education without music shortchanges our children and their futures. Education with music offers exciting possibilities in two directions.
As we look to the future, educational research on the nature of intelligence and brain function give promising indications that could change the face of education. As we look around us in the present, we see connections between music education and changes in students that offer direct and immediate benefits, not only to them, but to the educational enterprise as a whole.
Why should music be included as a central part of the curriculum?
Music is worth knowing.
Music is one of the most important manifestations of our cultural heritage.
Music is a potential in every individual that should be developed to its fullest.
Music proves an outlet for creativity, self-expression, and individual uniqueness.
Music teaches students about unique aspects of their relationships with other human beings and with the world around them, in their own and other cultures.
Music opens avenues of success for students who may have problems in other areas of the curriculum and opens approaches to learning that can be applied in other contexts.
Studying music increases the satisfaction students derive from music by sharpening sensitivity, raising their level of appreciation, and expanding their musical horizons.
Music is one of the most powerful and profound symbol systems that exists.
Music helps students learn a significant lesson-that not all aspects of life are quantifiable.
Music exalts the human spirit.
- Excerpt from Growing Up Complete: The Comparative for Music Education, the Report of the National Commission on Music Education, March 1991
Expectations for Student Learning
Students who study at Longmeadow High School should be able to:
1. Sing and/or play instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Read music written in standard notation.
3. Improvise, compose, and arrange music.
4. Describe and analyze their own music and the music of others using appropriate vocabulary and interpret the meaning of the works citing structural elements and expressive qualities to justify their interpretations.
5. Demonstrate their understanding of styles, stylistic influence, and stylistic change by identifying when and where art works were created, and by analyzing characteristic features of art works from historical periods, cultures, and genres.