Using MakeMusic Cloud to Teach to National Standards


In June of 2014 the National Coalition for Core Art Standards released the new Core Music Standards. The overarching goal of these new standards is to foster Music Literacy defined as the ability to understand a medium and communicate in that medium. The new standards are centered around 4 Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. MakeMusic Cloud helps students in your program achieve all four Core Music Standards.


The process of creating includes the Imagination, Planning and Making, Evaluating and Refining and Presenting phases of Improvisation. 

Students enjoy practicing with built-in jazz improvisation resources from dozens of publishers. They can:

  • See improvisation patterns
  • Learn to read chord changes
  • Practice transcriptions of piano, bass, and drums
  • Explore new music from Wynton Marsalis, Peter Erskine, and Jeff Coffin
  • Practice exercises
  • Learn to play by ear
  • Preserve their original ideas through recording
  • Share those recordings with an audience

Additionally, MakeMusic Cloud’s Compose tool means that students can create their own compositions and share them with others (including you) via email.


The artistic process of Performing involves the following phases: Selecting, Analyzing and Interpreting the music; Rehearsing, Evaluating and Refining it; and finally Presenting it. Our extensive library of titles aids the students in the selection process. They can not only see the music on screen, but also hear the accompaniments. MakeMusic Cloud helps vocal and instrumental students of all abilities perform solo repertoire accurately and independently. The aural and visual feedback provided by our assessment feature plus the ability to record each take, the use of practice tools and teacher feedback help students Rehearse, Evaluate, and Refine their performance. Lastly, students present the product of their work demonstrating attention and mastery of technical demands and expressive qualities of the music.


The combination of recording and visual assessment provides an invaluable evaluation opportunity for students to listen to and reflect on their own performance. Additionally, solo lines can be played independently or with accompaniment so as to allow listeners to analyze relationships between the two.

Teachers can also create custom rubrics, so that students add a written response to their submitted recordings. This approach integrates “Responding” standards with “Performing.”


MakeMusic Cloud includes the largest online digital library of music in the world, which includes a wide variety of historical styles, genres, and applications. The ability to work directly with the music on screen, receive feedback and perform for oneself or an audience allows the students to draw connections between the music, its historical and cultural contexts, and their personal lives.


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