Arts Education Curriculum
The Arts Education Essential Standards communicate what students should know and be able to do as a result of instruction at each grade level. The Arts Education curriculum consists of four disciplines: visual arts, music, dance, and theater arts.
The visual arts program is designed to develop visual literacy by promoting fluency in the various modes of visual communication. Students learn the visual arts by using a wide range of subject matter, media, and means to express their ideas, emotions, and knowledge.
The music program is designed to develop musical literacy. Through music, students increase their awareness of rich and diverse cultures, beliefs, and societies of humankind. The processes of creating, performing, and understanding music are the primary goals of the music program. Through creating, students are able to be imaginative, think critically, and approach tasks in new or different ways.
Dance education helps students use movement to creatively express meaning. It provides students with a way of kinesthetically learning and communicating. The dance program is designed to teach students fundamentals in dance and choreography, and to help students develop creativity, problem-solving, self-discipline, and focus.
Children arrive at school with rudimentary skills as playwrights, actors, designers, directors, and audience members; theatre arts education continues to build on this foundation. The theatre arts program integrates several aspects of the art form: script writing, acting, designing, directing, researching, comparing art forms, analyzing, critiquing, and understanding context.
Each grade level includes Essential Standards and Clarifying Objectives, which are organized by Strands. Please click on the links below to access the desired Arts Education curriculum documents.
Visual Arts Curriculum Documents
Music Curriculum Documents
Dance Curriculum Documents
Theater Arts Curriculum Documents
Dr. Mellotta B. Hill
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Services
Valerie B. Robinson