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    Thank you for being here to answer teacher questions. In my district teachers are evaluated based on the standards that they implement in their teaching. I am now going to be evaluated based on these new standards. The essential questions will be the guiding part of my assessments and now my assessments will connect to my evaluation. Where should my district begin? We understand the 4 overarching areas and we know our teaching reflects those, but the specific goals are tricky. For example in 8th grade: MU:Cr1.1.8
    Generate rhythmic, melodic and harmonic phrases and harmonic accompaniments within expanded forms (including introductions, transitions, and codas) that convey expressive intent

    Half of that is not what I currently teach. My 8th graders don’t create harmonic accompaniments, and they don’t use codas. Are you saying that they have to now know those? Because the standard is pretty specific, so am I understanding that now those have to be a part of my 8th grade teaching?


    My suggestion would be to first start by becoming familiar with the Three Artistic Processes (Connecting is embedded in Creating, Performing and Understanding). Looking at the Essential Question is a great way to begin. I would also look at the definition of the Process Component (What is written right under the name of the Component (Imagine
    Generate musical ideas for various purposes and contexts). The Processes, their Components and the EU and EQs are what guided the development of the Standards.

    Depending on the course the teacher is teaching at the 8th grade level, he or she may want to look at the Standards for the strands – Ensemble or Guitar. These standards may be more appropriate for the course being taught. If it is a General Music Class I am unclear as to why one would not teach codas (endings) or how harmonic accompaniments work in this type of class. In order more appropriately answer this question I really need to know the nature of the course being taught.

    Reply from Richard Well, Posted by lisat@nafme.org

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