Fine Arts

This site provides information about general curriculum laws and rules for fine arts education.  Join our mailing list and receive updates.

The Curriculum Division provides direction and leadership for the state’s public school art, dance, music, and theatre programs for Kindergarten through grade 12. The Enrichment Education staff facilitate various fine arts statewide initiatives, including implementation of the fine arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and assistance to the TEA Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology for the adoption process for fine arts instructional materials.

Curriculum Standards

In April 2013, the State Board of Education gave final approval to revised fine arts TEKS for Kindergarten through grade 12. The revised fine arts TEKS are scheduled for implementation in the 2015-2016 school year. The revised TEKS are available online alongside the TEKS currently in effect. The revised TEKS are indicated by the phrase “Adopted, 2013” in the title.

Fine Arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills 19 TAC Chapter 117

Frequently Asked Questions

The following document provides clarifying information pertaining to fine arts education. Additional FAQs related to fine arts requirements on the Foundation High School Program are available on the House Bill (HB) 5 webpage

 Fine Arts FAQ  

Related Links

The following professional organizations may provide more information to support fine arts educators.

Texas Art Education Association (outside source)

Texas Dance Educators Association (outside source)

Texas Music Educators Association (outside source)

Texas Music Educators Conference (outside source)

Texas Educational Theatre Association, Inc. (outside source)

Texas Commission on the Arts (outside source)

Texas Bandmasters Association (outside source)

Texas Choral Directors Association (outside source)

Texas Orchestra Directors Association (outside source)

Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education (outside source)

Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (outside source)


The following documents are provided as a reference for fine arts educators.

Fine Arts Curriculum Frameworks (outside source)
Fine Arts for All Students (PDF, 513KB) (outside source)


Kelsey Kling
Program Coordinator, Enrichment Education
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401
(512) 463-9581

ESC Contacts 

Curriculum Division
(512) 463-9581