Performance standards for music: Standards publications
Publications explaining and supporting the standards are available from MENC: National Association for Music Education. Visit MENC Books for more information. Some publications are available online (see links below).
Standards Publications: The Arts
National Standards for Arts Education: What Every Young American Should Know and Be Able to Do in the Arts. Content and achievement standards for music, dance, theatre, and visual arts for grades K-12. Developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations (American Alliance for Theatre & Education, MENC, National Art Education Association, and National Dance Association) under the guidance of the National Committee for Standards in the Arts. 1994. ISBN 1-56545-036-1.
“Teacher Education for the Arts Disciplines: Issues Raised by the National Standards for Arts Education.” A document to help all individuals, agencies, organizations, and educational institutions concerned with teacher preparation assess the impact of the National Standards on their own work. Developed by the Consortium of National Arts Educations Associations. 1996.
Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Arts Education. Covering instruction in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts, this book contains standards for curriculum and scheduling, staffing, materials and equipment, and facilities. Designed as a complement to National Standards for Arts Education, this book was developed by practicing teachers and administrators in the arts. 1995. ISBN 0-937652-90-3.
Implementing the Arts Education Standards. Set of 5 brochures address the concerns of specific groups as they work for arts education and for the standards. Titles: What School Boards Can Do; What School Administrators Can Do; What State Education Agencies Can Do; What Parents Can Do; What the Arts Community Can Do. Set of one each. 1994. ISBN 1-56545-101-5.
Standards Publications: Music
The School Music Program: A New Vision. The K-12 national standards and MENC prekindergarten standards. Provides a blueprint for a music curriculum based on the best practices of the past but modified to meet the needs of the future. better . 1994. ISBN 1-56545-039-6.
“Prekindergarten Music Education Standards.” A brochure containing content and Achievement Standards for children aged 2-4, along with information for care providers to help their charges meet those standards. Also included are opportunity-to-learn standards (specifying the physical and educational conditions necessary to enable every student to meet the content and Achievement Standards), plus a resource list. 1995. Set of 10 brochures.
Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Instruction: Grades PreK-12. Recommends the conditions schools should provide in order to achieve both the National Standards for Music Education in grades K-12 and the MENC standards for music education in prekindergarten. Standards for curriculum and scheduling, staffing, materials and equipment, and facilities were developed by practicing teachers and music administrators familiar with the day-to-day realities of classrooms and resources. 1994. ISBN 1-56545-040-X.
Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Technology. This booklet is an addendum to the Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Instruction. Provides more specific guidance to music teachers, administrators, and other decision makers who must determine how best to take advantage of new technologies in the ongoing effort to give every American student a full, balanced curriculum oriented toward the skills and knowledge set forth in the National Standards. For each teaching level, technology specifications are listed for Curriculum and Scheduling, Staffing, Equipment, Materials/Software, and Facilities. Provides standards for both minimal and desirable technology programs. 1999.
Performance Standards for Music: Strategies and Benchmarks for Assessing Progress Toward the National Standards, Grades PreK-12. Provides help to individuals and organizations in assessing the extent to which students are meeting the National Standards for Music Education. For each achievement standard in the National Standards, this book includes a sample assessment strategy with a description of student response at the basic, proficient, and advanced levels. Developed by the MENC Committee on Performance Standards, chaired by Paul R. Lehman. 1996. ISBN 1-56545-099-X.
Aiming for Excellence: The Impact of the Standards Movement on Music Education. In 1994, the School of Music of the University of Michigan commissioned a series of papers from distinguished authorities, which were presented at a 1996 symposium cosponsored by MENC and the School of Music. These papers are published here to help music educators understand and participate effectively in the current movement for education reform. 1996. 160 pages. ISBN 1-56545-103-1.
Performing with Understanding: The Challenge of the National Standards for Music Education. Presents key ideas and practical suggestions for implementing the music standards through performance. Includes discussion of how the standards apply to the performance aspects of all music programs, the role of bodily movement in performing, model rehearsal strategies that incorporate the standards, and effective ways to broaden the performance repertoire to include music beyond that of the Western tradition. Based on a Northwestern University Music Education Leadership Seminar. Edited by Bennett Reimer. 2000. ISBN 1-56545-118-X.
Teaching Examples: Ideas for Music Educators. Based on the National Standards for Music Education, this collection of instructional strategies will help teachers design and implement a curriculum leading to achievement of the standards. Designed for children from prekindergarten to grade 12. Project Director: Paul R. Lehman. 1994. ISBN 1-56545-041-8.
Strategies for Teaching Series
The Strategies for Teaching series is designed to help music teachers implement the K-12 National Standards for Music Education and MENC’s Prekindergarten Standards. Each publication focuses on a specific curricular area and a particular level. Each includes teaching strategies based on the content and achievement standards, a preface and an introduction, and a resource list. Series Editor: Carolynn A. Lindeman.
Strategies for Teaching Prekindergarten Music. Compiled and edited by Wendy L. Sims. 1995. ISBN 1-56545-083-3.
Strategies for Teaching K-4 General Music. Compiled and edited by Sandra L. Stauffer and Jennifer Davidson. 1996. ISBN 1-56545-081-7.
Strategies for Teaching Middle-Level General Music. Compiled and edited by June M. Hinckley and Suzanne M. Shull. 1996. ISBN 1-56545-084-1.
Strategies for Teaching High School General Music. Compiled and edited by Keith P. Thompson and Gloria J. Kiester. 1997. ISBN 1-56545-085-X.
Strategies for Teaching Elementary and Middle-Level Chorus. Compiled and edited by Ann R. Small and Judy K. Bowers. 1997. ISBN 1-56545-086-8.
Strategies for Teaching High School Chorus. Compiled and edited by Randal Swiggum. 1998. ISBN 1-56545-087-6.
Strategies for Teaching Strings and Orchestra. Compiled and edited by Dorothy A. Straub, Louis Bergonzi, and Anne C. Witt. 1996. ISBN 1-56545-082-5.
Strategies for Teaching Middle-Level and High School Keyboard. Compiled and edited by Martha F. Hilley and Tommie Pardue. 1996. ISBN 1-56545-092-2.
Strategies for Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Band. Compiled and edited by Edward J. Kvet and Janet M. Tweed. 1996. ISBN 1-56545-088-4.
Strategies for Teaching High School Band. Compiled and edited by Edward J. Kvet and John E. Williamson. 1998. ISBN 1-56545-089-2.
Strategies for Teaching Specialized Ensembles. Compiled and edited by Robert Cutietta. 1999. ISBN 1-56545-090-6.
Strategies for Teaching Middle-Level and High School Guitar. Compiled and edited by William E. Purse, James L. Jordan, and Nancy Marsters. 1998. ISBN 1-56545-091-4.
Strategies for Teaching: Guide for Music Methods Classes. Compiled and edited by Louis O. Hall, with Nancy R. Boone, John Grashel, and Rosemary C. Watkins. 1997. ISBN 1-56545-093-3.
Strategies for Teaching: Technology. Compiled and edited by Sam Reese, Kimberly McCord, and Kimberly Walls. 2001. ISBN 1-56545-140-6.
Promoting the Standards
Something to Aim For (video). Explains the importance of the standards, with four segments: “Something to Aim For” (a presentation by Charles Osgood and former Education Secretary Richard Riley on why we need standards–and why we need standards for the arts); “Why Music?” (an explanation by Osgood of the importance of music education); Secretary Riley’s speech in accepting the music standards; and a set of celebrity public service announcements in support of music education. VHS. 1994. ISBN 1-56545-068-X.
“Fighting the Good Fight.” A paper designed to spur music educators into action. Pack of 10. 1994. ISBN 1-56545-063-9.
“Setting the Record Straight–Give and Take on the National Standards for Arts Education”
A thoughtful look at some of the main questions that face decision-makers in implementing the standards. 1994. ISBN 1-56545-065-5.