Gouvernement du Manitoba

Arts Education


Manitoba Curriculum Framework, 2nd edition

Kindergarten to Grade 8

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The music education framework provides the basis for learning, teaching and assessment of music from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in Manitoba schools. The document identifies the recursive learnings for the music discipline and forms the basis for the development of curriculum implementation resources. It is intended to assist teachers and administrators with music curriculum implementation and with planning professional learning.

The music framework document provides background information and implementation guidelines pertaining to the discipline of music. It presents an overview of the framework, outlines the document components and organization, and identifies the learning areas and the enacted learnings for music education from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in Manitoba. An appendix, glossary, and bibliography are also included.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why a 2nd edition?

The first edition of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 Arts Education Frameworks was published in 2011 and the Grade 9 to Grade 12 Arts Education Frameworks in 2015. In order to bring more coherence between all levels, a 2nd edition of the K-8 frameworks is being published to align with the Grade 9 to 12 frameworks.

What are the changes?
  • The titles of the framework components: Learning Areas, Recursive Learnings and Enacted Learnings replace the Essential Learning Areas, GLO’s and SLO’s.

  • The Learning Areas Titles:
    • MAKING replaces Dance Language and Performance Skills
    • CREATE replaces Creative Expression in Dance
    • CONNECTING replaces Understanding Dance in Context
    • RESPONDING replaces Valuing Dance Experience
  • A consolidation of the Valuing wing for all artistic disciplines: following the report cards, two of the four GLO’s in this component had been relegated to another part of the report card. The Responding wing is now made up of four learnings based on the same critical reflection process as the Grade 9 to 12 frameworks.
    • The learner generates initial reactions to dance experiences.
    • The learner observes and describes dance experiences.
    • The learner analyzes and interprets dance experiences.
    • The learner constructs meaning and applies new understandings from dance experiences.
  • The “MAKING” area of the Music Framework: two learnings have been combined as they address skills related to the understanding and use of musical elements. To ensure consistency across K-12, a recursive learning related to music listening has been added, as it is part of the Grade 9 to 12 Framework.

  • The term Students in the plural form has been replaced by the term Learner in the singular form in order to further personalize learning.