Music Education

The Five Strands of Learning in Music

I. Music Making
By exploring, creating, replicating, and observing music, students
build their technical and expressive skills, develop their artistry and a
unique personal voice in music, and experience the power of music to
communicate. They understand music as a universal language and a
legacy of expression in every culture.

II. Music Literacy
Students develop a working knowledge of music language and aesthetics,
and apply it to analyzing, evaluating, documenting, creating, and
performing music. They recognize their roles as articulate, literate
musicians when communicating with their families, schools, and
communities through music.

III. Making Connections
By investigating historical, social, and cultural contexts, and by exploring
common themes and principles connecting music with other disciplines,
students enrich their creative work and understand the significance of
music in the evolution of human thought and expression.

IV. Community and Cultural Resources
Students broaden their perspective by working with professional artists
and arts organizations that represent diverse cultural and personal
approaches to music, and by seeing performances of widely varied music
styles and genres. Active partnerships that combine school and local
community resources with the full range of New York City’s music and
cultural institutions create a fertile ground for students’ music learning
and creativity.

V. Careers and Lifelong Learning
Students consider the range of music and music-related professions as
they think about their goals and aspirations, and understand how the
various professions support and connect with each other. They carry
physical, social, and cognitive skills learned in music, and an ability to
appreciate and enjoy participating in music throughout their lives.