Fine Arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each subject of the required curriculum. SBOE members nominate educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers to serve on the review committees. This page provides information regarding the review and revision of the fine arts TEKS.

TEKS for Fine Arts, Adopted 2013 

The SBOE gave final approval to revised Kindergarten-grade 12 fine arts TEKS in April 2013. The revised fine arts TEKS will be implemented beginning with school year 2015-2016. The revised TEKS are available on the TEA rules page with “Adopted 2013” noted in the title (Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II, Chapter 117. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts).

TEKS Review Committee Final Recommendations (September 2012)

The following documents reflect the TEKS review committees' final draft recommendations for revisions to the fine arts TEKS:

Art Kindergarten- Grade 5 (PDF, 1.08MB)
Art Grades 6-8 (PDF, 789KB)
Art High School Courses (PDF, 971KB)

Dance Grades 6-8 (PDF, 701KB)
Dance High School Courses (PDF, 820KB)

Music Kindergarten- Grade 5 (PDF, 975KB)
Music Grades 6-8 (PDF, 872KB)
Music High School (PDF, 1.01MB)

Theatre Kindergarten- Grade 5 (PDF, 843KB)
Theatre Grades 6-8 (PDF, 710KB)
Theatre High School (PDF, 1.06MB)

First Drafts of Recommendations (July 2012)

The drafts below reflect the fine arts TEKS review committees first draft recommendations:

Art Kindergarten-Grade 5(PDF, 283KB)
Art Grades 6-8 (PDF, 185KB)
Art High School Courses (PDF, 259KB)

Dance Kindergarten- Grade 5 (PDF, 84KB)
Dance Grades 6-8 (PDF, 85KB)
Dance High School Courses (PDF, 213KB)

Music Kindergarten- Grade 5 (PDF, 335KB)
Music Grades 6-8 (PDF, 222KB)
Music High School (PDF, 312KB)

Theatre Kindergarten- Grade 5 (PDF, 226KB)
Theatre Grades 6-8 (PDF, 151KB)
Theatre High School (PDF, 597KB)

SBOE Fine Arts TEKS Review Committees

The following lists include individuals appointed by the SBOE to serve on fine arts TEKS review committees. Fine arts TEKS review committees began work on the fine arts TEKS in May 2012:

Art (PDF 1,014KB)
Dance (PDF, 540KB)
Music (PDF, 556KB)
Theatre (PDF, 548KB)

SBOE members nominated fine arts expert reviewers in January 2011.

Fine Arts Expert Reviewers 

The following list includes individuals appointed by the SBOE to serve as content expert reviewers for the revision of the fine arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills:

Santa Barraza, Professor, Department of Art 
Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Review of First Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 43KB)

Mark A. Chandler, Director of Visual & Performing Arts 
Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District  

Initial Review of the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 39KB)

Review of First Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 66KB)

Dr. Deborah Flournoy-Buford, Associate Professor, Director of Music Education 
Wayland Baptist University

Initial Review of the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 43KB)

Review of First Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 90KB)

Dr. Carole H. Haynes, President/CEO 
Haynes Financial Services Corp.

Initial Review of the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 52KB)

Review of First Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 116KB)

Dr. Janice D. La Pointe-Crump, Professor Emerita, School of the Arts, Department of Dance 
Texas Woman’s University

Initial Review of the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 108KB)

Review of First Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 111KB)

James C. Van Zandt, Director of Fine Arts 
Round Rock Independent School District 

Initial Review of the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 65KB)

Review of First Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the Fine Arts TEKS (PDF, 82KB)


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