General Music classes center around the four National Standards for Arts Education:
CREATING
PERFORMING
RESPONDING
CONNECTING

With these core standards as the framework,
NCMS General Music classes focus on the following content/skills:
basic elements of music (pitch, rhythm, dynamics, etc.)
musical genres/styles/purposes (historical and cultural)
musical interpretation
creative expression and production
music literacy
relationship of music to other disciplines
aesthetic criticism
rehearsal/performances skills and etiquette
collaboration
self-assessment and self-advocacy
habits of respect, resilience, and responsibility for musical growth