Music with Religious Implications
In keeping with NYSSMA’s fundamental purpose, which is, to advance the cause of music education in New York State, NYSSMA® believes that music chosen for study/performance, shall be quality literature which possesses clear artistic and educational value. NYSSMA® recommends that local school districts establish a policy regarding the use of music with religious implication, and advocates the following guidelines based upon prevailing precedents and educational consensus.
- Music chosen should be quality literature which possesses clear educational value: musical, historical and cultural.
- Selection of music should be based upon the developmental level of the students and the overall curriculum goals of the music program.
- Music should be appropriate for the performance at any time.
- Music should be reflective of, and enhance student awareness and appreciation of various cultures.
- Teachers should present the music in a sensitive manner emphasizing the educational and multi-cultural value of the music, rather than any religious/seasonal aspect.
Marschilok, Edward, (1991). Decisions of the New York Commissioner of Education Relating to Music Education. School Music News, 54(6)
Passed and adopted by the NYSSMA® Executive Council June 18, 1994