Waukee High School has had 17 National Merit Finalists since 2010.


Philosophy Statement

The Waukee Community School Music Program provides educational opportunities that allow students to demonstrate mastery of musical skills. Productivity, accountability, creativity, collaboration, self-expression, self-discipline and pride in excellence are necessary.

Music education is a discipline and a structured field of study with its own body of knowledge, skills, and way of thinking. It is historically significant and reflects the multicultural heritage of mankind. Music exalts the human spirit through its aesthetic values and enhances the quality of life. It involves a coexistence of behaviors that promote higher order thinking skills and life-long learning.

Music Repertoire Statement

Literature for each of our ensembles is carefully chosen. It is the belief of the Waukee Music Department that students are to be exposed to a wide variety of literature. The instructor determines music selection based upon availability, quality, educational value, and suitability for healthy vocal/instrumental development. It is not the intent of this department to persuade student views with opposing beliefs or ideals that a musical selection’s text or subject matter may present. Rather, we desire to familiarize students with quality repertoire that will give them a better historical and global perspective as well as to make them conversant with musical aesthetics. It is our goal to give students a broad perspective of numerous composers and musical styles.


The current Music Standards, Benchmarks, and Objectives were approved by the Board based upon the current National Standards of Music Education and in alignment with the proposed Iowa Core Curriculum in 2013.

Standards, Benchmarks, Objectives

General Music
Instrumental Music
Vocal Music

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Waukee, Iowa 50263
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