Grade 9-12 Music Standard 8

Content Standard

Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts

Achievement Standard


  • Students explain how elements, artistic processes (such as imagination or craftsmanship), and organizational principles (such as unity and variety or repetition and contrast) are used in similar and distinctive ways in the various arts and cite examples
  • Students compare characteristics of two or more arts within a particular historical period or style and cite examples from various cultures
  • Students explain ways in which the principles and subject matter of various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated with those of music (e.g., language arts: compare the ability of music and literature to convey images, feelings, and meanings; physics: describe the physical basis of tone production in string, wind, percussion, and electronic instruments and the human voice and of the transformation and perception of sound)


  • Students compare the uses of characteristic elements, artistic processes, and organizational principles among the arts in different historical periods and different cultures
  • Students explain how the roles of creators, performers, and others involved in the production and presentation of the arts are similar to and different from one another in the various arts (e.g., creators: painters, composers, choreographers, playwrights; performers: instrumentalists, singers, dancers, actors; others: conductors, costumers, directors, lighting designers)

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National Core Arts Standards

The Standards found on this site reference the 1994 voluntary national arts standards. Arts learning standards were recently revised and published as the National Core Arts Standards (http://nationalartsstandards.org). The new standards outline a conceptual framework for arts learning for K-12 students in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. ARTSEDGE is working to include the new standards along with existing standards during the transition period.


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