The music program should be universal, exposing students to all types of music through materials of the highest quality. Instruction should emphasize prominent musical concepts through listening, singing, describing, performing, and creating. Studying and performing quality music serves to promote personal growth within the students and teacher through their combined efforts in the educational process.
The aim of music instruction as a part of general education is to enhance the quality of life; the full expression of our humanness requires encounters with listening, performing, and creating music. Music is equally important in accomplishing the general goals of education such as values education, learning how to learn, knowledge of divergent cultures and viewpoints, cooperation and competition, and knowledge of how to function in a democratic society.
The music program should be organized with three basic experiences in mind: music as an activity, music as a skill, and music as an art. All students can participate in musical activities, at various levels, through these experiences.