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Fine Arts

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)

  • Executive Summary Fine Arts Work Groups Grade-Level Expectations Revisions & Recommendations March 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.

  • Dance
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Dance (Vertical Alignment): PDF 
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Dance (Scope by Grade Level):  Excel  NEW
  • Media Arts
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Media Arts (Vertical Alignment): PDF 
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Media Arts (Scope by Grade Level):   Excel  NEW
  • Music
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Music (Vertical Alignment): PDF NEW
      UPDATED 12.02.2020 – please discard all earlier versions.
    • 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
  • Theater
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Theater (Vertical Alignment)Theater: PDF Updated
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Theater (Scope by Grade Level):  Excel  NEW
  • Visual Arts
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Visual Arts (Vertical Alignment): PDF 
    • Missouri Learning Standards – Visual Arts (Scope by Grade Level):  Excel  NE​W
      (5th Grade updated)
  • Glossary
  • 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 |  roger.kelley@dese.mo.gov

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.



January 2015  PDF | DOC
February 2015 PDF | DOC 
March 2015  PDF | DOC 
November 2015  PDF | DOC 
September 2016 PDF | DOC


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, roger.kelley@dese.mo.gov


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/

Arts Integration




Behind the Scenes

  • October ‘Behind the Scenes’ Presentation (Part 1)
    Arts Integration
    Presenters: Roxane McWilliams and Emily Kohring
    Video Link: https://youtu.be/nlfu6iVJ4jw
  • October ‘Behind the Scenes’ Presentation (Part 2)
    Arts Integration
    Presenters: Roxane McWilliams and Emily Kohring
    Video Link: https://youtu.be/22iI8GRHNGY
  • December ‘Behind the Scenes’ Presentation (Part 1)
    STEAM – Energized Learning
    Presenters: Cheri Sterman, Crayola
    Video Link: https://youtu.be/iDQqp-qSx08
  • December ‘Behind the Scenes’ Presentation (Part 2)
    STEAM – Energized Learning
    Presenters: Cheri Sterman, Crayola
    Video Link: https://youtu.be/bNXHuvOKJWI