Core Arts Standards: Your Voice Matters
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Core Arts Standards: Your Voice Matters

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nccasThe National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is currently seeking outside input for the first update to national standards for arts education since 1994. Arts education experts have been working for close to five years to reconceptualize the national standards and reflect changes in PreK-12 education, including the impact of technology. After the team of experts developed several drafts of the standards, the Coalition is welcoming public feedback until February 28. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards expects to release the standards in June. States can voluntarily adopt the arts standards; 45 states adopted the 1994 standards.
During the public feedback period, it is imperative that educators, parents, advocates and students make their voice heard to ensure that arts education, and specifically music education, remains a core component of PreK-12 education. Click here to view the standards and provide feedback. The process is simple and even includes video instructions for the review process.
At Music for All, we believe in music’s incredible impact on children and advocate for music’s role in the classroom. However, educators, parents and students of MFA programs are the true advocates for music education. You are advocates in action, representing the power of music education to change lives. Music for All prides its programs on not only providing world-class music instruction, but also creating positively life-changing experiences that will shape the next generation of leaders. By providing feedback for the national standards for arts education, you are ensuring that the standards match the specific needs of your school and community, and that MFA’s programs remain relevant and available for all students.
As part of a music education class in college, one of the first things we were required to internalize were the National Standards for Music Education. At first, we needed little tricks to remember the order of standards, and which used the phrases “alone and with others” or “a varied repertoire of music.” Those standards quickly became natural, as they were a logical progression of teaching music to young students. The new Core Arts Standards present that same progression, but relate all of the disciplines to common anchor standards that promote creativity, collaboration and other skills necessary for success in the 21st century. By aligning the arts education standards, the Coalition is ensuring that arts education remains a core component in our nations schools.
I hope you will join us in providing feedback for the Core Arts Standards and show that you believe in music education, music in our schools and Music for All.


Seth Williams is the Advocacy Coordinator at Music for All. Seth is no stranger to Music for All and Bands of America – first as a participant and as an intern in Development and Participant Relations. He is a graduate of Butler University and previously worked in the Broadway theatre industry in New York. A proud alumnus of “The Centerville Jazz Band,” Seth is likely the biggest band nerd he knows.