Colorado Academic Standards Music
The Colorado Academic Standards Music, as developed by the Colorado Department of Education were revised in 2009.
The standards include:
Expression of Music
Creation of Music
Theory of Music
Aesthetic Valuation of Music
The standards are further broken down by grade level, with Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) assigned to each grade level Pre-K through 8, and with high school being assigned a Performance Pathway and a Generalist Pathway. The standards also include Essential Questions while addressing 21st Century Skills in Music and postsecondary and workforce readiness. According to the CDE website, “By implementing a structured and standards-based music education, students continue the generational conversation and become fluent in the language of music as a manner of artistic, intellectual, and cultural expression. The acts of performing, creating and responding to music provide a means for development and growth in the ability to express the otherwise inexpressible and to facilitate growth in many areas of academic development.”
Elementary School Middle School High School
To access these standards by grade level as a Word document, click here and select the appropriate Word file.