SDE: Music


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“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”
President Gerald Ford


Teachers & Administrators

The Connecticut State Board of Education is engaged in a review that considers the adoption of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) web based platform along with the Connecticut Position Statement on the Implementation of the Connecticut Arts Standards.
National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) has a unique customizable handbook. The customizable handbook is a useful feature that allows you to extract the subject and grade areas that you need for curriculum writing, lesson planning and more without extraneous information.

Archived Connecticut Music Resources

Other Sample Lesson Plans
  • NAfME has sample lesson plans and much more available for your use.
  • Music K-8 has some interesting elementary lesson ideas.
  • There are interesting resources on
  • The Smithsonian site has music lessons from all over the world.
  • The OER Commons have a large collection of lesson plans for grades K-12.
  • Annenberg Learner is a place where there is a great deal of information on the arts available in many media platforms. 
  • The Department of Defense Education Activity site has a great deal of resources for teaching and learning music.

Teaching Music in Connecticut   

Professional Organizations

Professional Development Opportunities

Resources for Parents, Students and the Community

Music Advocacy


Melissa k. Wlodarczyk Hickey, Ed. D
Connecticut State Department of Education
Academic Office
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 610
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: 860-713-6680

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