All Waukee students in Grades K-5 participate in General Music twice in a six-day cycle.
General Music Philosophy Statement
Waukee Elementary Music students will explore music through diverse and collaborative experiences to foster growth of their own understanding and to express their creative ideas. Students will connect their musical experiences with their peer, school, local, and global communities.
Standards, Benchmarks, Objectives (SBO)
In 2019, the Waukee Community School District vocal music team began work unpacking the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards. 2020 served as a complete pause due to the pandemic; work was completed by members of the Vocal Music Department in the 2021-22 school year.
The National Coalition of Core Arts Standards were revised in 2014, the first revision to national arts standards in 20 years. The NCCA is an umbrella organization that created standards for Visual Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre. The Waukee General Music Department is specifically adopting the revised “General Music” strand edited and adopted by the State of Iowa in 2017. These standards divide the musical experience into four components: Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. Elementary students will engage in music exploration that will promote lifelong appreciation and engagement with music.
Additionally, 5th Grade students may elect to further their musical studies by participating in 5th Grade Choir and/or 5th Grade Band; curriculum for these 5th Grade music courses has been developed in alignment with our secondary Vocal Music and Band departments.