Benefits of A National Standard

What are the benefits of a national standard?

  • A clear, consistent, and meaningful structure for recognizing achievement and rewarding excellence
  • An objective way to value and promote the importance of music study across the country and empower teachers and students at all levels to celebrate excellence
  • Ensurance of equality for all students, no matter where they are located
  • Integrity of assessment through the constant review of adjudicators, processes, and materials
  • Enhancement of the competitive edge and awareness of performance standards on the national level

How does a national standard benefit students and their families?

  • A national standard represents an opportunity for students to measure their progress and achievements both individually and with their peers, which supports the continued pursuit of excellence.
  • All students, regardless of location, are assessed according to the same guidelines and have access to the same resources for learning and preparation.
  • Students advance based on their personal learning achievements, regardless of age or school grade.
  • Families are assured that their children are taking part in a nationally recognized and fully supported program with continued opportunities for assessment and personal development.
  • Families gain a clearer understanding of musical progress and achievement, and recognize opportunities for the personal growth of their children.

How does a national standard benefit teachers?

  • A national standard supports a solid foundation for teaching and learning excellence through a nationwide series of assessments, a network of center representatives and fellow teachers, and innovative resources.
  • Teachers have opportunities for professional growth through participation in workshops, online support and resources, and national networking.
  • A national focus on high standards and achievement enhances the overall benefits of music study and validates the teacher-student-parent partnership.
  • A national standard empowers and unifies teachers across the country and provides them with a strong voice in the national dialogue on music education.