Learning in guitar/keyboard/harmonizing instrument classes is most effective when students are actively involved and have quality aural experiences. Performing, working in small groups, active listening, creating, and independent projects result in deeper learning than lectures and worksheets. Courses therefore, should provide opportunities for performing (voice, guitar/ukulele, keyboard, various percussion instruments, handbells, electronic generated music and other instruments); responding (listening-based lessons such as music history and literature); creating (electronic music, improvisation, composition); and making connections to other arts, disciplines, cultures, and personal life. Because performing, responding, and creating are the modes through which musical understandings are achieved, even listening-based lessons should include appropriate performing and creating activities. Recommended activities, such as listening, performing, creating, improvising, and responding are efficient hands-on learning modes, attract and hold the students’ interest, and give students a key to lifelong enjoyment of music. Guitar/Keyboard/Harmonizing instrument classes are designed to make music accessible through the common genres of various cultures.
*Standards maps may be reproduced provided that credit is given to the WMEA Standards Committee.