Music Standards Support

Inspired by the National Core Arts Standards1, the reference points that are bolded below can enhance your music instruction.

Explore the varied inspiration and purpose behind musicians' work.

Learn the backstory of famous musicians, genres, and approaches.

Discover ways authors and illustrators analyze, describe, and express music (genres).

  • Listen and hear how the rhythm of Alexis DeVeaux's words mirror the rhythm of the music in the Meet-the-Author Recording for Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday.

Connect content and provide historical background about world events.

  • Consider M.T. Anderson's blog post on his research for Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad describing the critical importance of music meeting military history.

1. Referenced from "National Core Arts Standards." National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, SEADAE,