While most music education programs focus on teaching children and young adults to master a particular instrument, some students are also given the opportunity to learn music theory and composition. A standard developed by ANSI member and accredited standards developer IEEE
provides guidelines for the development of an application using the XML digital markup language to record music scores, digital sound levels and other relevant data. IEEE Std 1599-2008
, IEEE Recommended Practice for Defining a Commonly Acceptable Musical Application Using XML
, provides a structure that can be used to effectively create a multimedia notation of sounds and music, including pop songs, orchestral works, and more. The standard's recommendations integrate music representation with already existing standards and are designed to be compatible with all music representation software, including score editing programs, musical databases, and composition applications.
With the help of standards, effective instruction, and their own hard work, American students can bolster their musical skill and their prospects through the study of music.
For more information about the 2013 celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, "Music Education - Orchestrating Success," please visit the official webpage.