NYSSMA Curriculum Committee - A Standards Crosswalk Between Common Core and Music 

    This crosswalk documents the alignment between selected learning goals from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA), and Mathematics. As New York State has adopted these standards, it presents us with a new and dynamic opportunity to demonstrate alignment between the learning described in the standards, and the concepts commonly taught in the music classroom.

    This is not an exhaustive document, but rather a beginning. The reader is encouraged to continue to build the crosswalk with additional connections from classroom experiences. For more information, please visit www.nyssma.org. 

    Domain Core Curriculum Standard Music
    Counting & Cardinality
    Know number names & counting sequence
    Know rhythmic value of notes and rests
    Operations & Algebraic Thinking

    Represent addition/subtract with objects

    Generate and analyze patterns


    Math problems using note values

    Performance of rhythmic/tonal patterns

    Musical form

    Number & Operations-Fractions 

    Understand fractions as numbers

    Understand fraction equivalents

    Rhythmic values of notes & rests

    Duple/triple meter

    Rhythm pyramid (whole, half, quarter, etc.)

    Measurement & Data


    Classify ojects & count number of objects

    Work with time

    Measure lengths
    Describe & compare measurable attributes
    Represent and interpret data

    Time signature

    Organize sound over time (rhythmic aspect)

    Science of sound (frequency, amplitude, etc of sound waves)

    Identify & describe shapes

    Graph points to solve real-world problems

    Making inferences & justifying conclusions from observation


    Melodic contour

    Timbral & pitch qualities of instruments (size, string length, overtone series, acoustics)

    Ratio & Proportional Relationships


    Ration concepts and use reasoning to solve problems

    Linear arrangement of rhythmic relationships(melodic construction - augmentation, diminuition)

    Vertical arrangement of rhythmic relationships (rhythms lining up between parts)

    English Language Arts
    Core Curriculum
    Reading for Literature

    Recount stories, fables, etc.

    Words/phrases describe rhythm & meaning

    Overall structure of story

    Different points of view of characters

    Identify who is telling story
    Compare/contrast two or more versions of story
    Determine theme and analyze its development
    Compare/contrast written work to media version
    Make connections between written text and other perspectives

    Folk songs

    Rhythms, patterns, repetition, form

    Texture & balance
    Timbre (melody/harmony)
    Theme & variations
    Motivic development
    Programmatic composition
    Culture connections to music
    Reading for Information

    Questions re: details of text

    Know/use text features

    Meaning of domain specific words
    Describe overall structure of events, ideas, concepts or info
    Distinguish own point of view
    Engage in group reading with purpose & understanding

    Critical listening

    Expressive markings in music

    Music specific vocabulary
    React to music, improvisation
    Sing and play with others
    Reading Foundational Skills

    Print concepts

    Phonological awareness

    Phonics & word recognition

    Read music notation, follow own part

    Sound production, diction, articulation

    Lyrics, rhythm, note reading
    Music reading, practice for fluency

    Write opinion supporting point of view

    Draw evidence from text for analysis

    Write information/explanatory texts
    Production and distribution of writing
    Short research projects
    Write to support analysis of topics or text
    Create text in response to literary work

    Critical responses, written critiques

    Reflection, improvement plan

    Program notes
    Short research projects
    Music critiques
    Music composition
    Speaking & Listening

    Ask/answer questions to clarify comprehension

    Create multimedia presentation of stories or poems

    Engage in collaborative discussions
    Intitiate and participate effectively in collaborative work
    Evaluate speaker's point of view
    Include multimedia components to clarify information
    Make strategic use of digital media

    Critical listening for performance in ensemble

    Create audio recording of performance

    Rehearsals, peer evaluation, group composition
    Student-led chamber ensemble(s)
    Analyze music composition
    Use music software/tech in composition
    Enhance composition/performance through media



    Identify connections between words & their use

    Correct use for frequently confused words

    Use knowledge of language to write, speak, read, listen
    Use nuances in word meanings
    Distinguish shades of meanings
    Acquire & use domain-specific words and phrases
    Demonstrate command of conventions of standard English

    Musical vocabulary

    Clarify misused vocabulary (hi/low, soft/loud)

    Use music vocabulary to describe music
    Expressive quality of lyrics
    Various tempi/expressive markings
    Write or speak about music
    Phrasing, articulation, expression markings