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National Music Education Standards

MENC: The National Association for Music Education and the nine National Music Education Standards:

  1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
  5. Reading and notating music.
  6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
  7. Evaluating music and music performances.
  8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
  9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Find out more information about the music standards and their origin:

An Example of comparing the National Standards with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities:Pennsylvania Standards for the Arts and Humanities:

MENC’s National Standards Pennsylvania’s State Arts/Humanities Standards
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments. 9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines. 9.1  Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
5. Reading and notating music. 9.1  Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music. 9.3  Critical Response & 9.4  Aesthetic Response
7.  Evaluating music and music performances. 9.3  Critical Response & 9.4  Aesthetic Response
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. 9.2.  Historical and Cultural Contexts
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture. 9.2.  Historical and Cultural Contexts
MENC’s National Standards Pennsylvania’s State Arts/Humanities Standards

 

PA State Arts and Humanities Standards:

9.1  Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
9.2.  Historical and Cultural Contexts
9.3  Critical Response
9.4  Aesthetic Response

Direct location of PA Standards and online resources:

 

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