Revised Missouri Arts Learning Standards
April 18, 2019
On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the Missouri State Board of Education approved new Grade Level Expectations in music, visual art, theater, dance, and media arts.
Return to this page often for updates and notification of professional development opportunities in curriculum development and expectation implementation.
Missouri Show Me Standards (1996).
The standards serve as a blueprint from which local school districts may write challenging curriculum to help all students achieve. Printable version
NEW Missouri Learning Standards - Fine Arts (4/2019)
Help! Documents – New Missouri Learning Standards Fine Arts (August 2020)
Print these document before you attend a New Missouri Learning Standards –Fine Arts Online Training Workshop.
- Missouri Learning Standards – Music (Vertical Alignment): PDF
- Missouri Learning Standards – Music K-8(Scope by Grade Level): Excel NEW
- Missouri Learning Standards – Music Ensembles (Scope by Grade Level): Excel NEW
- Missouri Learning Standards – Music Harmonizing Instruments (Scope by Grade Level): Excel NEW
- Missouri Learning Standards – Music Technology (Scope by Grade Level): Excel NEW
- Missouri Learning Standards – Music Theory and Composition (Scope by Grade Level): Excel NEW
- Implementation Guide
Former Fine Arts Standards
Standards Review - Workgroup Process and Updates
If you have any questions about the previous Missouri Fine Arts Learning Expectations or the process of standards review and revision in Missouri, please contact Roger Kelley, Arts Education Director.
Roger Kelley | Arts Education Director | Office of College and Career Readiness
Phone: 573-751-9610 | Fax: 573-526-0812 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Development Opportunities
Fine Arts Conferences
- Missouri Thespian Society State Conference
- STAM Annual Conference (Speech & Theater Association of Missouri)
Fine Arts Associations
Fine Arts Resources
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest open to all high school students and conducted in all 50 states by the National Endowment for the Arts. Last year over 8,000 students and 268 teachers from Missouri schools participated. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Arts Council have partnered to bring this program to Missouri.
Pilot Lesson Plan/Assessment
This pilot lesson plan and grouping of assessments, taken with permission from the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments and revised for use with the draft version of the revised Missouri Visual Arts Grade Level Expectations for Eighth Grade, is designed for visual arts teachers to use now as they work to become familiar with the new expectations. If you have questions on how to adapt or implement this assessment, or how it may fit with an existing visual arts curriculum, please contact Roger Kelley, Arts Education Director, email@example.com.
- 8th Grade Lesson Plan/Assessment
- Assessment Focus
- Scoring Tool A
- Scoring Tool B
- Scoring Tool C
- Scoring Tool D
Music Education Resources
Visual Arts Resources
Bill Perry’s Visual Art Class Integrates Dance, Fashion Design, Media Arts and Visual Art
Bill Perry is a veteran art teacher at Visual and Performing Arts High School, Saint Louis Public Schools. Recently, his class became inspired by the art of Nick Cave following a visit to the Saint Louis Art Museum. Mr. Perry and his students created a short video to document their work. Click on this link to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_D0TR4Yoc0
How can arts teaching and learning support implementation of Missouri Standards?
The Common Core Standards and the National Arts Standards are an effective and creative tool to help us design engaging, cooperative, differentiated and imaginative instruction in our arts classrooms. Our main goal of course should be to first of all teach the arts. However, the arts do not exist in a vacuum. They touch all other disciplines. As arts teachers, we are obligated to introduce our students to a wide spectrum of influences and ideas that naturally cross over into other instructional areas. If you visit the National Core Arts Standards website, you will see that all of the arts are united under three artistic processes: perform, create, respond along with connect to suggest that there is a seamless interplay between them.
If you are not quite on board with the approach to teaching that the standards suggest, this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlNtkZv26t4 is an innovative introduction to making connections across the school curriculum
Link to the National Core Arts Standards: http://nationalartsstandards.org/