Music Education


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.”

Instructional minutes are not stated in the law for any subject area but the recommended minimum instruction time for elementary music is 60 minutes a week (usually two 30-minute sessions).


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.

The Planning Curriculum in Music Guide provides substantive information in creativity and critical thinking, problem solving, collaborating, and communication, important skills for the 21st century. In addition the guide reviews arts models- Comprehensive Musician Performance and Arts propel.


For further information about music education in Wisconsin, follow the links on the left of this page and visit the Wisconsin Music Educators Association.

Preliminary information for the 2012 Wisconsin State Music Conference, scheduled for October 24-27, 2012 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison is available here.

If you have any questions or wish to share your ideas about arts and creativity education, please contact Julie Palkowski (608) 261-7494.