NAfME Invites Teachers to Pilot-Test Assessments

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Catherina Hurlburt at NAfME or (703) 860-4000


NAfME Invites Teachers to Pilot-Test Assessments


RESTON, VA (August 11, 2015)—This past summer representatives of all arts education groups gathered at the headquarters of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) to benchmark the “model cornerstone assessments” developed for each discipline’s national standards. In 2014, the new National Core Arts Standards were released, and NAfME participated in their development, leading the way with the new 2014 Music Standards.


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As the process continues, teachers in the music field are being called upon for initial pilot-testing of the model cornerstone assessments. These model cornerstone assessments help bring the 2014 Standards into focus. Following the initial pilot during fall 2014-spring 2015 to improve the assessments, this coming academic year NAfME is piloting all assessments.

Many more teachers in all areas of music are needed:

  • 2nd, 5th, and 8th grade general music
  • All types and levels of ensembles
  • Composition and Theory
  • Music Technology
  • Harmonizing Instruments

This is a critical opportunity for music educators to take the lead in developing music education standards, bringing their expertise from the field into the final development of their assessments. Volunteers are needed this August to join in the pilot tests and are asked to sign up by visiting this page.

To learn more, watch this video:

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National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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For additional information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at or 703-860-4000, ext. 242.