Core Skills-Based Music Curriculum

Success Comes from Mastering Music Skills in Order

The following items are simultaneously paralleled in each curriculum book, as well as cyclical and spiraling from book to book.
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Whenever "skill mastery" or "competency" or "excellence" are mentioned in these web pages, in this author's opinion, they mean 100% perfection across the class or no less than 99%. It is not OK if even one student is almost in tune, or almost on the beat. And yes, EVERY child can achieve this! Music is absolute--black and white--either totally correct or completely unacceptable.
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Unacceptable is never a failure, but only a short learning step or two from perfection. When students are taught this in the formal education setting of a music classroom from earliest Kindergarten onward, their music listening, discerning, and performing skills become artistically phenomenal.
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When each skill becomes this well mastered, then it is permissible to advance to the next skill or level. Therefore, one should teach according to skill mastery, not calendar weeks.





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