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The information on this page is intended to be used by educators, administrators, area education agencies, students, parents and other individuals who have an interest in fine arts education in Iowa. Fine arts education includes the disciplines of Dance, General Music, Instrumental Music, Media Arts, Theatre, Visual Art, and Vocal Music.

Fine Arts Standards

Iowa's Fine Arts Standards were approved and adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education on November 15, 2017, based on an Iowa team's recommendation. Learn about the adoption process and access the final report on the Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team webpage.


Dance Standards

Media Standards

Music Standards

Theatre Standards

Visual Arts Standards

Early Childhood

Fine arts standards for early childhood are included in the Iowa Early Learning Standards - Area 6, Creative Arts for infants and toddlers, pages 72-77 and Area 13, Creative Arts for preschoolers, pages 134-139.


Quick Start Guide to Fine Arts Standards

Unpacked Iowa Fine Arts Standard - "Inside Out" Example

Glossary of Assessment Terms - developed by the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards/Arts Education Assessment Consortium (SCASS/Arts)


The following laws reference arts education:

Good Conduct-GPA Policies and Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities- The attached guidance document explains the restrictions on imposing grade penalties for imposing academic penalties in curricular activities (such as vocal music and instrumental music competitions) based on application of a school's Good Conduct rule or minimum GPA standards for participation in activities.

Festivals, Contests, Exhibits & Competitions

For information about Iowa High School music festivals/contests, contact the Iowa High School Music Association at 515-432-2013 or

Visual Arts
For information about Iowa Visual Arts student exhibits and competition opportunities, contact the Art Educators of Iowa,

Professional Organizations

The following arts education organizations are actively serving Iowa educators in areas of professional development, advocacy, and leadership opportunities:

Art Educators of Iowa

First Iowa Orff Chapter 28 - Cedar Falls

Greater Des Moines Orff Chapter 48

Iowa Alliance for Arts Education

The Iowa Arts Council

Iowa Bandmasters Association

Iowa Communication Association

Iowa Choral Directors Association

Iowa Music Educators Association

Iowa Music Teachers Association

Iowa String Teachers Association

Iowa Thespians

KEI - Kodaly Educators of Iowa

Sioux Valley Orff - Sioux City


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 26, 2018 at 8:35pm.