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date: 04 April 2020

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In a rapidly changing world of new technologies and workplace expectations, educational curriculum must reflect contemporary cultural and societal expectations through active, authentic learning experiences. This chapter begins with a historical review of curriculum models, followed by the introduction and description of a contemporary model of curriculum design. Effective assessment is a significant constituent of the model. Its value and quality relies on clearly aligned learning goals, adequate resources, professional development for teachers, effective approaches to instruction and assessment, thoughtful evaluation and data analysis, and purposeful reflection. The model is sequential, yet flexible and interchangeable, and provides a pathway for curriculum design across institutions of learning in all settings. Additionally, an international survey that summarizes curriculum priorities in nine countries is reviewed. This chapter directs particular attention to active or student-centered learning environments as they are reflected in the US National Standards for Music.

Keywords: curriculum, design, alignment, understanding by design, national core music standards

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