Standards for Children

Standards-based education is predicated on the idea that if one defines what it is that a learner needs to know, then teachers and students can structure activities to meet that standard. They provide a road map to use when constructing curriculum and creating lesson plans.

National Standards in Music

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) worked with a consortium of experts in music to develop a set of nine national standards in music. These standards define what every child should know and be able to do in order to be musically educated. Each of the nine standards are broken down by grade level and contain achievement standards that teachers and curriculum planners can use to structure sequential, standards-based instruction. Go to ArtsEdge to view the standards.

Illinois State Standards for Children

Educators at the Illinois State Board of Education established a consortium of music educators and musicians from various schools, colleges and venues to create fine arts standards in music for children in our state. They are aligned to the National Standards in Music but are organized in three categories:
  • Know the language of the arts;
  • Through creating and performing, understand how works of art are produced;
  • Understand the role of the arts in civilizations, past and present. These same three areas are used to define
In addition, these three categories have been broken down into specific behaviors, referred to as descriptors,  that a child should be able to demonstrate at various grade levels.

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