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Series 616 - Performing Arts Curriculum (Music, Dance and Theater) Beliefs and Goals

Adopted: January 1990
Revised: June 2010

1. Beliefs

1.1 The performing arts…

1.1.1 Contributes to the lifelong development of the whole person – intellectual, physical, social and emotional, and

1.1.2 Are important forms of communication, which reflect and affect society, culture and history.

1.2 A quality performing arts program…

1.2.1 Is an integral component of a comprehensive education;

1.2.2 Reflects and enhances other curricular areas;

1.2.3 Provides sequential experiences in creating, analyzing and performing;

1.2.4 Explores world cultures and is respectful of students’ diverse backgrounds;

1.2.5 Develops aesthetic expression and appreciation, and

1.2.6 Enables students to develop their creative potential.

2. Goals

2.1. Vocal Music

2.1.1 The goals of the elementary school vocal music curriculum are for each student to be able to do the following:

2.1.1.1 Sing a varied repertoire of music, alone and with others;

2.1.1.2 Perform on instruments, alone and with others;

2.1.1.3 Improvise and create original music;

2.1.1.4 Read and notate music;

2.1.1.5 Listen to, analyze and describe music;

2.1.1.6 Evaluate music and music performances, and

2.1.1.7 Understand music of various styles and cultures.

2.1.2 The goals of the middle and high school vocal music curricula are for each student to be able to do the following:

2.1.2.1 Sing a varied repertoire of music, alone and with others;

2.1.2.2 Improvise and create music;

2.1.2.3 Read and notate music;

2.1.2.4 Listen to, analyze and describe music;

2.1.2.5 Evaluate music and music performances;

2.1.2.6 Understand relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts, and

2.1.2.7 Understand music in relation to history and culture.

2.2 Instrumental Music

2.2.1 The goals of the elementary school and middle school instrumental music curricula are for each student to be able to do the following:

2.2.1.1 Perform a varied repertoire of music on instruments, alone and with others;

2.2.1.2 Read and notate music;

2.2.1.3 Listen to, analyze and describe music;

2.2.1.4 Evaluate music and music performances;

2.2.1.5 Utilize available technology for practice, performance and evaluation;

2.2.1.6 Understand relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts, and

2.2.1.7 Understand music in relation to history and culture.

2.2.2 The goals of the high school instrumental music curriculum are for each student to be able to do the following:

2.2.2.1 Perform a varied repertoire of music on instruments, alone and with others;

2.2.2.2 Improvise and create music;

2.2.2.3 Read and notate music;

2.2.2.4 Listen to, analyze and describe music;

2.2.2.5 Evaluate music and music performances;

2.2.2.6 Utilize available technology for practice, performance and evaluation;

2.2.2.7 Understand relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts, and

2.2.2.8 Understand music in relation to history and culture.

2.3 Dance – The goals of the high school dance curriculum are for each student to be able to do the following:

2.3.1 Identify and demonstrate dance movement elements and skills;

2.3.2 Understand and apply choreographic principles, processes and structures;

2.3.3 Understand and participate in dance as a way to perceive, create and communicate meaning;

2.3.4 Apply and demonstrate critical thinking skills in dance;

2.3.5 Demonstrate and understand dance in various cultures and historical periods, including their own, and

2.3.6 Make connections between dance and other disciplines.

2.4 Theater – The goals of the high school theater curriculum are for each student to be able to do the following:

2.4.1 Employ the skills and techniques of script writing;

2.4.2 Explore the art of acting;

2.4.3 Acquire the knowledge to develop ideas in creating an environment for theater;

2.4.4 Demonstrate the collaborative process of directing;

2.4.5 Acquire and evaluate information related to the development of theater;

2.4.6 Demonstrate the ability to synthesize the aesthetic dimension of theater and the other arts, and

2.4.7 Apply and construct personal meanings from theater.

Goals adapted from National Standards for Music Education, MENC

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