PCSD Music Mission Statement and Standards


    The Music Department develops students who are confident performers,

    imaginative and critical thinkers, capable of interpreting and communicating

    the aesthetic qualities of music, and are knowledgeable patrons of music.

    Students become empowered to bring the intrinsic values of music into their

    adult lives.



    PCSD Music Standards


    Performing: Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation.

    To express their musical ideas, musicians analyze, evaluate, and refine their

    performance over time through persistence and openness to new ideas.

    Musicians perform (individually or in collaboration) with expression, appropriate

    interpretation and technical accuracy, in a manner appropriate to the audience and


    Individuals’ selection of music is influenced by their interests, experiences,

    understandings, and its purpose.

    What is performance?

    When is a performance ready to present?

    What makes a significant and meaningful performance?

    Does a performance have to be public to be meaningful?

    How do musicians select repertoire?

    How is making music in a group different than making music by oneself?

    Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.

    Musical ideas are generated through a combination of imagination, planning,

    evaluation, and revision.

    Planned and/or improvised works are influenced by musicians’ feelings, expertise, and


    Why and how do people create music?

    How do our experiences affect the way in which we create music?

    How do musicians improve the quality of their creative work?

    How does feedback affect the creative process?

    How does audience and purpose affect the way music is created?

    Responding: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.

    The personal evaluation of musical works and performances is informed by analysis,

    interpretation, and specified criteria.

    Musicians respond to the elements and structures of music in order to interpret the

    composers’ expressive intent.

    How does music elicit feelings or emotions?

    How do we judge the quality of musical work(s) and performance(s)?

    How do we discern musical creators’ and performers’ expressive intent?

    Why is some music timeless?

    Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

    Musicians recognize the global impact of music by exploring reciprocal relationships

    between music and culture.

    Musicians identify the relationship between music and other art forms.

    Musicians connect their personal interests, experiences, ideas, and knowledge to both

    understanding music and the music making process.

    How does music express ideas, feelings, and experiences?

    How does music reflect as well as shape history, culture, and society?

    How does music connect people?

    What are some ways we can keep music alive throughout our lives?