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Music / Early and Middle Childhood

This certificate is appropriate for teachers who teach music to students ages 3-12, who know the full range of the school music curriculum and have highly specialized knowledge in choral, instrumental or general music.

Assessment at a Glance

Review the EMC/ Music Assessment at a Glance to learn more about the following:

  • Choosing the right certificate
  • Reviewing the Standards
  • Portfolio entry descriptions
  • Assessment center exercise descriptions
  • Retired prompts
  • Understanding the National Board scoring process
  • Certification planning timeline


Read the EMC / Music Standards that represent a professional consensus on the aspects of practice that distinguish accomplished teachers.

Portfolio Instructions

Read the EMC / Music Portfolio Instructions as well as the General Portfolio Instructions to learn how to prepare, develop and submit your portfolio.

Scoring Guide

Understand how your entries are scored.