Common Core Connections in Music

Music intrinsically connects with the common core overtly and covertly in numerous ways.

 

Language Arts

Fundamentally, Language and Music can both be engaged in the following 5 dimensions, and have this overarching commonality.  Everyone becomes fluent in their native language by starting with listening and going sequentially through to writing.  Music is most naturally learned in this sequence – starting with listening and going through writing.

WRITING

READING

SPEAKING

THINKING

LISTENING

The following quotes are from Common Core documents and list many of the ways active music making intrinsically has Common Core connections to Language Arts, and also musical correlations within it’s own system of notation and musical syntax.

http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf

Language

Music students engage in music as a language when they are actively making music.  The following Common Core Connections are intrinsically made when this occurs:

“Conventions, effective use, and vocabulary”  (music has it’s own specific conventions and vocabulary)

“include the essential “rules” of standard written and spoken English”  (music has it’s own “rules”)

“understanding words and phrases, their relationships, and their nuances and on acquiring new vocabulary”

Listening and Speaking

Music students engage in the listening and speaking dimensions of music when they actively listen to music and perform through singing and playing instruments improvisationally and by rote.  The following Common Core Connections are intrinsically made during this type of active music making:

“Flexible communication and collaboration”

“develop a range of broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal skills”

“Students must learn to work together”

“express and listen carefully to ideas”

“integrate information from oral, visual, quantitative, and media sources”

“evaluate what they hear”

“use media and visual displays strategically to help achieve communicative purposes”

 

Reading

Music students engage in the reading dimension of music when they read music notation.  The following Common Core Connections are intrinsically made during this type of active music making:

“Text complexity and the growth of comprehension”

“growing ability to discern more from and make fuller use of text”

“increasing number of connections among ideas and between texts”

“considering a wider range of textual evidence”

“sensitive to inconsistencies, ambiguities, and poor reasoning in texts”

 

Writing

Music students engage in the writing dimension of music when they compose music or write with music notation.  The following Common Core Connections are intrinsically made during this type of active music making:

“Text types, responding to reading, and research”

“ability to plan, revise, edit, and publish”

 

 

Mathematics

In the Common Core for Mathematics, Music intrinsically connects by attending to fundamental math processes and components.  The following quotes are from common core documents and are attended to through active music making:

http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_Math%20Standards.pdf

“Problem Solving”

“Abstract and Concrete Reasoning”

“Attention to Precision and Detail”

“Look for and Make Use of Structure”

“Understanding and Applying Patterns”

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