One of the most important first steps in an effective music department Professional Learning Community (PLC), is to develop an agreed upon set of standards. Think of these as powerful standards that should be taught in the same way and to all music students in your department. For example, reading pitches is a necessary skill of all music students. Embouchure, on the other hand, is only need in band and not an "essential standard". Essential Standards for my music department include: pitch reading, rhythm reading, repertoire comprehension, performing music, interpreting music, evaluating music.
Before you begin with the worksheet below, you need to verify your Essential Standard meets the following criteria.
* Endurance - Knowledge and skills of value beyond a single test date.
* Leverage - Knowledge and skills of value in multiple disciplines.
* Readiness - Knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in the next grade level or in the next level of instruction.
Learn how to break down your standard into learning targets and proficiency scales.