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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

Fine Arts StandardsIowa has new fine arts standards! On November 15, 2017 the Iowa State Board of Education just adopted them based on an Iowa team’s recommendation.

Fine Arts Standards Final Report

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.


Guidance Document for the Implementation of Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards

Unpacked Iowa Fine Arts Standard - "Inside Out" Example


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 ( 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 (

Iowa Thespians (

KEI - Kodaly Educators of Iowa (

Sioux Valley Orff - Sioux City (


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 16, 2017 at 10:36pm.