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"Music education can help spark a child's imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion."

Hilary Clinton

The music program in DoDEA aims to promote music literacy and to provide students with a well-rounded musical experience. Elementary students will participate in general music courses. Students in middle school may be able to participate in band, chorus, string orchestra, as well as music appreciation, and piano and guitar classes. High school course offerings are expanded beyond middle school offering and include music theory, AP music theory, computer music, show choir, and jazz ensembles.

Using the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Arts and adopted standards from the National Core Arts Standards, music students will be able to create, perform, respond, and connect to music across many disciplines at all levels.


Music students in DoDEA may participate in several co-curricular activities that occur outside the classroom including after school ensembles and musical theater. Music students in the Pacific region may elect to participate in the Far East Honors Music Festival, Jazz and Modern Music Festival, and submit work to be published in the Sun Journal, a published collection of literary works, musical compositions, photography, and visual artwork. Music students in the European region may participate in the Honors Music Festival, Jazz Music Festival, and Creative Connections, a six-day visual and performing arts symposium. Music students in the American region may participate in local honor ensembles and music festivals.



Standards, goals, and learning outcomes in DoDEA music programs are aligned with the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Arts which were adopted from the National Core Art Standards (NCAS). Both CCRSA and NCAS are organized by discipline (music, theatre, visual arts) and centered around four artistic processes—creating, performing, responding, and connecting. Each artistic processes contains two to three anchor standards. Performance standards are specific to each discipline and are arranged in grade-by-grade articulations of student achievement Grades K–8 and three proficiency levels in Grades 9–12 (proficient, accomplished, and advanced). Therefore, performance standards translate anchor standards into specific and measurable learning goals.


The four artistic processes, their definitions, and the anchor standards for each artistic process are as follows:


Definition: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.


Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.


Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.


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

Anchor Standard #4. Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.


Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.


Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.


Definition: Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.

Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.


Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.


Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.


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

Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.


Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Advanced Placement courses (AP music theory) have course content that is set by the College Board, that includes the preparation for the test or portfolio.


National Core Arts Standards- Music

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) on behalf of NCCAS - Music Standards

Music Composition and Theory Strand

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (2014) National Core Arts Standards - Music Composition and Theory Strand

Music Traditional and Emerging Ensembles

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (2014) National Core Arts Standards - Music Traditional and Emerging Ensembles

Music Harmonizing Instruments

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (2014) National Core Arts Standards - Music Harmonizing Instruments

AP Music Theory

College Board AP Music Theory will help you learn to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music. You’ll listen to, read, write, and perform a wide variety of music.

DoDEA Headquarters

DoDEA Fine Arts Instructional Systems Specialist

Instructional Systems Specialist
Fine Arts

4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400

Course Name Course Number Course Grade Length
Computer Music S (4x4) MUC301SSF 9,10,11,12 9
Music A MUG101 6,7,8 9
Music B MUG102 6,7,8 9
Music AB MUG103 6,7,8 18
Music 7 MUG104 7 36
Music 7 MUG1040T 7 36
Music Appreciation M MUG105 6,7,8 36
Music Appreciation S M MUG105S 6,7,8 18
Music 8 MUG204 8 36
Music Appreciation MUG301 9,10,11,12 36
Music Appreciation S MUG3010T 9,10,11,12 18
Music Appreciation S MUG301S 9,10,11,12 18
Alternative Ensemble MUG302 9,10,11,12 36
Music 1 MUGA04 1 36
Music 2 MUGB04 2 36
Music 3 MUGC04 3 36
Music 4 MUGD04 4 36
Music 5 MUGE04 5 36
Music 6 MUGF04 6 36
Music K MUGK04 K 36
Band Beginning M MUI101 6,7,8 36
Band Intermediate M MUI102 6,7,8 36
Band Advanced M MUI103 7,8 36
Strings Beginning M MUI106 6,7,8 36
Strings Intermediate M MUI107 7,8 36
Strings Advanced M MUI108 7,8 36
Band Beginning MUI301 9,10,11,12 36
Band Intermediate MUI302 9,10,11,12 36
Band Advanced MUI303 9,10,11,12 36
Jazz Ensemble MUI304 9,10,11,12 36
Strings Beginning MUI305 9,10,11,12 36
Strings Intermediate MUI306 9,10,11,12 36
Strings Intermediate (4x4) MUI306SF 9,10,11,12 18
Strings Advanced MUI307 9,10,11,12 36
Strings Advanced (4x4) MUI307SF 9,10,11,12 18
Band 4 MUID01 4 36
Strings 4 MUID02 4 36
Band 5 MUIE01 5 36
Band 6 MUIF01 6 36
Strings 6 MUIF02 6 36
Guitar I M MUS101 5,6,7,8 36
Guitar I S M MUS101S 5,6,7,8 18
Guitar II M MUS103 5,6,7,8 36
Guitar II S M MUS103S 5,6,7,8 18
Piano I M MUS105 5,6,7,8 36
Piano I S M MUS105S 5,6,7,8 18
Piano II M MUS106 6,7,8 36
Piano II S M MUS106S 6,7,8 18
Guitar I MUS301 9,10,11,12 36
Guitar I S MUS301S 9,10,11,12 18
Guitar I S (4x4) MUS301SSF 9,10,11,12 9
Guitar II MUS302 9,10,11,12 36
Guitar II S MUS302S 9,10,11,12 18
Guitar II S (4x4) MUS302SSF 9,10,11,12 9
Piano I MUS303 9,10,11,12 36
Piano I S MUS303S 9,10,11,12 18
Piano II MUS304 9,10,11,12 36
Piano II S MUS304S 9,10,11,12 18
Music Theory S MUT301 9,10,11,12 18
AP Music Theory+ MUT611 9,10,11,12 36
AP Music Theory+ (4x4) MUT611SF 9,10,11,12 18
AP Music Theory MUT611U 9,10,11,12 36
Chorus Beginning M MUV101 6,7,8 36
Chorus A MUV101E 6,7,8 9
Chorus Intermediate M MUV102 7,8 36
Show Choir M MUV103 7,8 36
Chorus Advanced M MUV104 6,7,8 36
Chorus Beginning MUV301 9,10,11,12 36
Chorus Advanced MUV302 9,10,11,12 36
Chorus Advanced 4x4 MUV302SF 9,10,11,12 18
Show Choir MUV303 9,10,11,12 36
Chorus Intermediate MUV304 9,10,11,12 36
Chorus Intermediate 4x4 MUV304SF 9,10,11,12 18