NYS Learning Standards for Music

Learning Standards Explained


Artistic Processes

Creating: Conceiving and developing artistic ideas and work

Performing (Music, Dance, Theater): Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation
Presenting (Visual Arts): Interpreting and sharing artistic work
Producing (Media Arts): Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work
RE: Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning

Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external content

Anchor Standards

  • Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  • Organize and develop aratistic ideas and work.
  • Refine and complete artistic work.
  • Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
  • Develope and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
  • Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
  • Perceive and analyze artistic work.
  • Interpret meaning in artistic work.
  • Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
  • Relate and synthesize knowledge and personal experiences to inspire and inform artistic work.
  • Investigate ways tht artistic work is influenced by societal, cultural, and historical context and, in turn, how artistic ideas shape cultures past, present and future.


Standard 1

Creating, Performing, and Participating in Music. Students will compose original music and perform music written by others. They will understand and use the basic elements of music in their performances and compositions. Students will engage in individual and group musical and music-related tasks, and will describe the various roles and means of creating, performing, recording, and producing music.

Standard 2

Knowing and Using Music Materials and Resources. Students will use traditional instruments, electronic instruments, and a variety of nontraditional sound sources to create and perform music. They will use various resources to expand their knowledge of listening experiences, performance opportunities, and/or information about music. Students will identify opportunities to contribute to their communities’ music institutions, including those embedded in other institutions (church choirs, industrial music ensembles, etc.). Students will know the vocations and avocations available to them in music.

Standard 3

Responding to and Analyzing Works of Music. Students will demonstrate the capacity to listen to and comment on music. They will relate their critical assertions about music to its aesthetic, structural, acoustic, and psychological qualities. Students will use concepts based on the structure of music’s content and context to relate music to other broad areas of knowledge. They will use concepts from other disciplines to enhance their understanding of music.

Standard 4

Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of Music. Students will develop a performing and listening repertoire of music of various genres, styles, and cultures that represent the peoples of the world and their manifestations in the United States. Students will recognize the cultural features of a variety of musical compositions and performances and understand the functions of music within the culture.