The 2017 WMEA Wisconsin Music Standards are adapted from the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in Music. These 2014 Music Standards are written in the context of Artistic Processes (with process components), Enduring Understandings, and Essential Questions.
WMEA Wisconsin Music Standards Explained
- Wisconsin Standards Overview #1 – Organization: Video and PDF
- Wisconsin Standards Overview #2 – Modifications: Video and PDF
The 2014 Music Standards are all about Music Literacy. The standards emphasize conceptual understanding in areas that reflect the actual processes in which musicians engage. The standards cultivate a student’s ability to carry out the four Artistic Processes* of
- Responding, and
In Wisconsin we are adding more focus on the fourth process of Connecting.
There are numerous connections and commonalities that exist among the arts, other disciplines, and issues within our global society. Relating music to the other arts as well as disciplines outside the arts enhances student understanding in each discipline. Building connections gives students the chance to understand culture as a whole and the relationships between its parts.
The acceptance of the growing diversity of our culture and mutual understanding can often be accomplished through music. Music reflects significant historical events and cultural relationships. By relating music to personal history and culture, as well as the history and culture of others, students will understand and connect historical events of the world, along with function of music within various cultures.
In changing this artistic process in the 2017 WMEA WI Music Standards, we acknowledge the embedded connections within the artistic processes and bolster the connecting standard. It appears to have less verbiage as we have left the connecting aspects inside creating, responding, performing, and connecting. The WMEA Wisconsin Music Standards focus on the personal and global connecting, providing a more broad based approach in the Connecting standard description.
Additional changes and updates for Wisconsin:
- The Wisconsin Standards also include standards for 9-12 Secondary General Music.
- We are also interested in connecting the 2017 WMEA Wisconsin Music Standards back to the 1997 Wisconsin Academic Standards in Music.
- The Wisconsin Model for Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP), a 40 year old project, also figures prominently into the updating of the 2017 Wisconsin Music Standards.
- WI focus on Music Technology as an artistic expression not skill development.
The concepts of music literacy and affective education are also included under the Connecting Standards.