Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard I


An understanding and appreciation of general and liberal arts including English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts, and the ability to:

i. Understand the constitutions and histories of the United States and Michigan;

This substandard addresses the teacher’s inclusion of major themes and events of the constitutions and histories of the U.S. and Michigan. While this can be a difficult standard to address on a regular basis in the music classroom, it can be done with careful attention to world, U.S., and Michigan histories.

Examples of this can come in concert settings with selections related to historic events (such as “Tiananmen Square,” the wind ensemble selection, being focused in concerts last year as it marked the 20th anniversary of the¬†massacre) or in actions as simple as playing the National Anthem at a football game. Each matter must be addressed in a delicate manner and highlighted in a tasteful way. Respect the community you are teaching in by placing the right amount¬†of focus on historical events and music in each respected performance space.

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