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Arts Education Standards


  • Content Standard 2 — Acting by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Assume roles that exhibit concentration and contribute to the action of classroom dramatizations based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature, and history
  • Content Standard 6 — Comparing and contrasting art forms by describing theatre, dramatic media (such as film, television, and electronic media), and other art forms

    Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Describe visual, aural, oral, and kinetic elements in theatre, dramatic media, dance, music, and visual arts
  • Content Standard 7 — Analyzing and explaining personal preferences and constructing meanings from classroom dramatizations and from theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions

    Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Articulate emotional responses to and explain personal preferences about the whole as well as the parts of dramatic performances


  • Content Standard 2 — Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Perform independent instrumental parts while other students sing or play contrasting parts
  • Content Standard 3 — Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments

    Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Improvise short songs and instrumental pieces, using a variety of sound sources, including traditional sounds, nontraditional sounds available in the classroom, body sounds, and sounds produced by electronic means
  • Content Standard 9 — Understanding music in relation to history and culture

    Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Demonstrate audience behavior appropriate for the context and style of music performed

Source: National Standards for Arts Education, published by Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Copyright © 1994 by MENC. Used by permission. The complete National Arts Standards and additional materials relating to the standards are available from MENC, The National Association for Music Education, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191, telephone: 800-336-3768.

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