National Standards

At Petersen, assessment in music is guided by the standards of proficiency set forth in the National Standards for Music Education

  1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  2. Playing on instruments, alone and with others, a vaired repertoire of music.
  3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
  5. Reading and notating music.
  6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
  7. Evaluating music and performances.
  8. Understanding the relationships between music, the arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
  9. Understanding music in relationship to history and culture.
Musical skill development, like growth in height and weight as children grow, is a developmental process that progresses along a continuum. It is recognized that students develop these skills at different rates, and may be at different stages of development in different skill areas.

Continuum of Musical Skill Development



Roughly marking out stages along the continuum are four levels of proficiency. Under the standards, students should be able to attain the "proficient" level at the end of the course of study. The levels are as follows:
  • Emerging (0.0% - 49.9%) represents a level where a student's skills are still developing.

  • Basic (50.0% - 74.9%), while not yet proficient, represents substantial developmental progress toward proficiency.

  • Proficient (75.0% - 89.9%) represents a level of skill that satisfies the expectations of the standards, and is considered to be "at grade level"

  • Advanced (90.0%-100.0%) represents a level of proficiency that exceeds the expectations of students at that grade level.

The goal of our work in music is to advance the development of musical skills along this continuum to the fullest extent possible. The goal of the assessment process is simply to report a student's progress along this continuum.


Music Grade Category Weighting

Music grades are weighted by category, according to the different National Standards for Music Education.

30% Singing (Standard #1)                                       view rubric

25% Playing on Instruments (Standard #2)                view rubric

25% Reading & Notating Music (Standard #5)            view rubric

10% Other Standard Areas (Standards #3, 4, 6-9)      (Rubrics coming soon)

10% Class Participation                                              view rubric