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 Academic Standards Under Development
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process begins with a notice of intent to review an academic area with a public comment period - this was begun on February 8, 2017 for Music Standards. The State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council examines those comments and recommends whether to revise those standards or continue with the existing standards. If a revision is determined to be needed, a state writing committee is formed to work on revision or development of those standards for all grade levels. That draft is then made available for open review to get feedback from the public, key stakeholders, educators, and the Legislature with further review by the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.
Specific information about programming and curriculum design is available through two publications: Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Music Education (1997) and Planning Curriculum in Music (2009). You may purchase each guide at DPI Publication Sales or 800-243-8782.