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The information on this page is intended to be used by administrators, teachers, area education agencies, students, parents and other individuals who have an interest in arts education in Iowa. Arts Education includes the areas of Drama/Theatre, General Music, Instrumental Music, Orchestra, and Visual Art, Vocal Music.


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. 

Fine Arts Alignment with the Iowa Core Universal Constructs

The Fine Arts Alignment with the Iowa Core Universal Constructs documents were written to illustrate how fine arts teachers can align their instruction to the universal constructs from the Iowa Core. By showing connections between the universal constructs and fine arts, these documents demonstrate how fine arts support the implementation of the Iowa Core. Fine arts are particularly well-suited in supporting students in developing the universal constructs important for success in the 21st Century.

Iowa Core Companion documents are intended to fulfill the charge from the Iowa Department of Education that the “work” of implementing the Iowa Core is the responsibility of all educators in Iowa. Iowa Core Companion documents provide support and resources for educators wishing to identify connections to the Iowa Core. The information provided in the companion documents is not required of all schools or districts.

Iowa Core Companion Documents for Fine Arts Alignment with the Iowa Core Universal Constructs:

Iowa Core Professional Development

Arts Education has been represented in creating Iowa Core professional development lessons to be used by local school districts.  As the materials become available, the information will be posted.

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 ( aims to enrich the quality of life and learning in Iowa communities by encouraging excellence in the arts.

Iowa Bandmasters Association (

Iowa Communication Association (

Iowa Choral Directors Association (

Iowa Music Educators Association (

Iowa Music Teachers Association (

Iowa String Teachers Association (

KEI - Kodaly Educators of Iowa (

Sioux Valley Orff - Sioux City (


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 23, 2017 at 12:30am.