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Music and Dance

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The three most commonly asked questions and their answers are below:

Help with WAMS IDs

Before you can submit an application to DPI, you must register for a Web Access Management Systems (WAMS) user ID.

How to set up a WAMS account

Already have one or more WAMS accounts?

How to start your WAMS account recovery:

Perform a WAMS account recovery for all emails you have. Enter your email address but do NOT enter your User ID to start your WAMS account recovery. Once in the account recovery process you will be prompted to change your password. After you change your password you will be told in parentheses what your correct User ID is. Please make note of that before you terminate the account recovery session. Once you have recovered all WAMS accounts you have, login to ELO with each of your accounts individually. If you can see your licenses, you are logging in with the correct WAMS account. If you are taken through the Onboarding process again, you are not using the correct WAMS account and should try another account.

If you encounter errors in the WAMS account recovery process, please contact WAMS directly.  DPI is unable to help with WAMS recovery because the system is used by many state agencies and is run by the Department of Administration:

Revalidating Life or Lifetime License

Educators, whose Life or Lifetime license was invalidated in July, have until December 31 to revalidate their license. Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30. Educators will have until December 31 to complete this application for their license to be revalidated.

Background Checks

DPI is required by law to conduct a background check on each applicant for a Wisconsin educator license regardless of whether it is an initial request or a renewal request.

All educators are required to complete a background check to maintain or revalidate a life or lifetime license. There are directions for how to complete the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900].

To find the year in which your most recent background check was submitted, search License Lookup using your name or entity number and check see the “Last Background Check Submitted” field.

500/1500 Music (all) (for program completers before 1982)

The license holder may teach any music subject in grades K-12.

505/1505 Music (instrumental)

The license holder may teach all band and orchestral instruments and ensembles made up of these instruments in grades K-12.

The license holder may teach general music in grades 7-12.

506/1506 Instrumental Music

The license holder may teach all band and orchestral instruments and ensembles made up of these instruments in grades K-12.

The license holder may also teach individual or small group instruction on band or orchestral instruments and enrichment courses in music theory or conducting.

510/1510 Music (vocal)

The license holder may teach choral and general music grades K-12.

511/1511 Choral Music

The license holder may teach large and small choral ensembles plus voice and vocal techniques.

The license holder may also teach secondary level enrichment course in music theory or conducting.

515/1515 General Music – Grades K-6:

The license holder may teach classroom music plus large and small choral ensembles.

The license holder may also instruction on fretted instruments, keyboard, melodic percussion (steel drums), and rhythm instruments.

515/1515 General Music – Grades 7-12:

The license holder may teach all music courses other than band, orchestral or choral performing groups. Included are such courses as music theory, conducting, music history, fretted instruments, electronic music, keyboard, humanities, allied arts, folk music, music appreciation, et cetera.

536/1536 Dance

A discrete course in dance can only be taught by an educator who holds a license in Dance (536/1536) with the appropriate grade or developmental level as specified on the license.

An educator who holds a Physical Education (530/1530) license can teach a unit of dance within a physical education course.