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Iowa fine arts standards changing

As area students get ready to head to the all-state music festival for band and orchestra, the state of Iowa is going over their standards for fine arts classes.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017 6:35 PM
Updated: Nov. 16, 2017 6:42 PM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - As area students get ready to head to the all-state music festival for band and orchestra, the state of Iowa is going over their standards for fine arts classes.
Iowa is now one of 23 states that adopted the National Core Arts Standards for preschool through 12th grade. The standards define what should be taught in fine arts classes, including music, theater, dance, and media arts.
Four Clear Lake High School Students shared with us why they feel classes like band are important.
“I think they're very important to have in a school because not all kids including myself are not very athletic so I have to go to band and music to find an outlet to express myself,” Abbi Parcher said.
Parcher will be in Ames today through Saturday, she qualified for band. Three siblings  Irene Swanson, Theo Swanson, and Tim Swanson have also qualified for All-State. This is a first in the state to see three siblings all making it the same year.

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