Music Education programs explore through developmental experiences involving singing, playing instruments, listening, movement, creative expression, and music reading.
Administrative Rule PI 8.01(2)(j)
Wisconsin Education Standards j, k, and l articulates that “music instruction shall be provided in accordance with a written comprehensive music curriculum including developmental experiences involving singing, playing instruments, listening, movement, creative expression, and music reading. Music instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades kindergarten through 6 and shall be performed by or under the direction of a licensed music teacher. Music instruction including general music, vocal music, and instrumental music shall be available to all pupils in grades 7-12 and shall be taught by a licensed music teacher.”
New Wisconsin Standards for Music Adopted
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction went through a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising the academic standards in music. We are pleased to announce that the State Superintendent has decided to adopt the Wisconsin Standards for Music. Districts are free to consider the standards of their choosing in their work.
Thank you to the writing committee, stakeholders, educators, the State Superintendent's Standards Review Council, and members of the public for the feedback shared to inform this work. For more information about the standards and process, visit the links.
- Wisconsin Standards for Music (Home Page); Wisconsin Standards for Music - Full Set
- DPI ConnectEd: New Standards for Information Technology and Literacy, Music, and Science
- The standards review/revision process
- The checklist used for review of existing/new academic standards to determine if revision or development is needed.
- Timeline for Review of Wisconsin Academic Standards
Specific information about programming and curriculum design is available through Planning Curriculum in Music (2009). You may purchase each guide at DPI Publication Sales or 800-243-8782.
For additional information about music education, follow the links:
- WISELearn Resources; Visual and Performing Arts Resource link
- Disciplinary Literacy - Music
Les Paul Study Units and Resources - The music units were developed through a collaboration between the Les Paul Foundation, the Wisconsin School Music Association, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.