Focusing on the Classroom: Music Content Standards

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Music Achievement CouncilThe Music Achievement Council, a nonprofit that enables students to begin and stay in instrumental music programs, has put a spotlight on the National Standards for Arts Education. The council constitutes one of the biggest educational reform efforts ever undertaken in American education. Learn more about the standards, here.

“It’s imperative to look at the standards [and to] be familiar with [them],” said Dr. Teryl Dobbs. “Often some of the standards that we tend to neglect in music education are the ones at the bottom: composition, improvisation, weaving culture and interdisciplinary work.” 

Watch Dr. Teryl Dobbs and Glen Schneider share their “Tips for Success."


The Music Achievement Council is an action-oriented nonprofit enabling more students to begin and stay in instrumental music programs, to share real-world, successful strategies developed by instrumental music teachers.

Sound Bites From The ‘Tips for Success’ Videos

“Above everything else you have to pick quality literature. Students know what quality literature is- it’s challenging, it’s musical- and when you do something with that literature students are drawn to it. They want to be in the music room. They want to play. – Glen Schneider

“As the kids learn about the respect for the music, as they learn to strive for the excellence they are growing, they are getting stronger, they are becoming advocates for music. Once you’ve experienced excellence, you can’t accept mediocrity. – Greg Bimm

Watch "Tips For Success" Videos

Further your understanding of what school administrators and educators can do by watching these videos  on YouTube, brought to by The Music Achievement Council.

The Music Achievement Council (MAC) is an action-oriented nonprofit organization sponsored by the National Association of School Music Dealers (NASMD) and NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). MAC is made up of three representatives from NASMD, three manufacturers and suppliers of Instrumental Music Products and one representative from NAMM. The council was formed in 1983 and reorganized in 1990, forming a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization.