This article first appeared on, author David Row.

“A few years ago I was in the hallway after school fumbling with butcher paper, bulletin board border, and a freshly laminated set of posters based around the National Standards for Music Education (at the time I was still using the NAfME standards from 1994).  I was halfway done with the bulletin board and was getting really agitated with a jammed stapler when my principal walked up.  “There are National Standards for Music Education?” she asked as she scanned the bulletin board. 

I could not believe what I was hearing.  Wasn’t she, my principal, supposed to know about the curriculum, scope, and sequence of all the subjects taught in her very own school?  Shouldn’t she know what I’m teaching every day? “

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