The NYSTCE Music exam tests a person's knowledge of the fundamentals of music and music theory. It assures that the music teacher can recognize creative abilities in a student at all grade levels. The New York state music teacher must be able to facilitate a student's expressive talent in his/her own original music ability. The teacher must be familiar with the history, development, and instruments used in music and be able to encourage students by introducing them to musical performances and recordings. Passing the NYSTCE Music exam qualifies the person to teach in the New York State public school system in accordance with the New York State Academic Standards.
The test is comprised of approximately ninety multiple-choice questions in the areas of Music History and Culture, which accounts for 22 percent of the exam; Music Theory, which accounts for 18 percent of the exam; Listening Skills, which accounts for 25 percent of the exam; and Music Performance, which accounts for 25 percent of the exam. The constructed-response question accounts for the last 10 percent of the exam and tests the area of Music History and Culture.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014