Tracy Lopez
K-12 Music Curriculum Program Coordinator
Phone: (860) 291-1292
Janice Wziontko
Administrative Secretary
Phone: (860) 474-1472

The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Vision and Philosophy states that "the purpose of music education is to prepare students for a lifetime of active, satisfying involvement with a variety of art forms. Music education should empower students to create, refine, and notate their own original music; read, interpret and perform music literature created by themselves and others; and respond with understanding to others’ musical works and performance."  To accomplish these goals, South Windsor’s music curriculum embodies a balanced approach to music education which places equal importance on creating, performing, responding and connecting to music.

Students will develop the skills to make informative personal preferences when responding to music. Through development of musical independence, students will have the tools necessary to communicate their ideas when performing or creating music. These tools and skills will enable South Windsor students to comprehend the relevance of having music in their daily lives by understanding why music has played a vital role in the evolution of all mankind.

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National Core Arts Anchor Standards

The National Core Arts Standards are focused in a framework that delivers the educational nuance of standards in four artistic processes: Creating, Performing, Responding and Connecting. These standards are designed to guide the delivery of arts education in the classroom with new ways of thinking, learning, and creating. For more detailed information, go to

CONNECTING. Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context

1. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

2. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

CREATING. Conceiving and developing new ideas and work

1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

3. Refine and complete artistic work.

PERFORMING. Interpreting and sharing artistic work

1. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.

2. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.

3. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

RESPONDING. Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning

1. Perceive and analyze artistic work.

2. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

3. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.