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Music teachers invited to pilot-test assessments

By Laura Devaney
August 28th, 2015

Music teacher input needed for National Core Music Standards

music-standardsThis past summer representatives of all arts education groups gathered at the headquarters of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) to benchmark the “model cornerstone assessments” developed for each discipline’s national standards.

In 2014, the new National Core Arts Standards were released, and NAfME participated in their development, leading the way with the new National Core Music Standards (not part of the Common Core).

As the process continues, teachers in the music field are being called upon for initial pilot-testing of the model cornerstone assessments. These model cornerstone assessments help bring the National Standards into focus.

Following the initial pilot during fall 2014-spring 2015 to improve the assessments, this coming academic year NAfME is piloting all assessments.

Many more teachers in all areas of music are needed:
• 2nd, 5th, and 8th grade general music
• All types and levels of ensembles
• Composition and Theory
• Music Technology
• Harmonizing Instruments

This is a critical opportunity for educators to take the lead in developing music education standards, bringing their expertise from the field into the final development of their assessments.

Volunteers are needed to join in the pilot tests and are asked to sign up by visiting this page:
https://kstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9S0S2RlSn0udN1b

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura