THE ARTS CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK Essay

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THE ARTS
CURRICULUM
FRAMEWORK

Connecticut State Department of Education

Division of Teaching and Learning

March 1998

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NOTE: Portions of this framework are adapted with permission from National

Standards for Arts Education, © 1994 by the Music Educators National Confer­

ence (MENC). The complete National Arts Standards and materials related to

the standards are available from MENC, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA

20191.

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THE

ARTS

By the end of Grade 12, students will create, perform and respond with understanding to all of the arts, including dance, music, theatre and the visual arts; develop in-depth skills in at least one art form; appreciate the importance of the arts in expressing human experience; and be prepared to apply their arts skills and understandings throughout their lifetime.

PROGRAM

G O A L S

As a result of education in Grades K-12, students will:

• create (imagine, experiment, plan, make, evaluate, refine and present/exhibit) art works that express concepts, ideas and feelings in each art form;

• perform (select, analyze, interpret, rehearse, evaluate, refine and present) diverse art works in each art form;

• respond (select, experience, describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate) with understand­ ing to diverse art works and performances in each art form;

• understand and use the materials, techniques, forms (structures, styles, genres), lan­ guage, notation (written symbol system) and literature/repertoire of each art form;

• understand the importance of the arts in expressing and illuminating human experi­ ences, beliefs and values;

• identify representative works and recognize the characteristics of art, music, theatre and dance from different historical periods and cultures;

• develop sufficient mastery of at least one art form to continue lifelong involvement in that art form not only as responders (audience members), but also as creators or performers;

• develop sufficient mastery of at least one art form to be able to pursue further study, if they choose, in preparation for a career;

• seek arts experiences and participate in the artistic life of the school and community; and •

understand the connections among the arts, other disciplines and daily life.

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K-12

CONTENT

S T A N D A R D S

Dance

1
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Elements and Skills

Students will identify and perform movement elements and

dance skills.

2
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Choreography

Students will understand choreographic principles, pro­

cesses and structures.

3
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Meaning

Students will understand how dance creates and communi­

cates meaning.

4
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Thinking Skills

Students will apply analytical and evaluative thinking skills

in dance.

5
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History And Cultures

Students will demonstrate an understanding of dance in

various cultures and historical periods.

6
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Healthful Living

Students will make connections between dance and health­

ful living.

7
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Connections

Students will make connections between dance, other disci­

plines and daily life.

Music

1
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Vocal

Students will sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire

of songs.

2
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Instrumental

Students will play, alone and with others, a varied repertoire

of instrumental music.

3
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Improvisation

Students will improvise melodies, variations and accompa­

niments.

4
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Composition

Students will compose and arrange music.

5
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Notation

Students will read and notate music.

6
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Analysis

Students will listen to, describe and analyze music.

7
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Evaluation

Students will evaluate music and music performances.

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8
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Connections

Students will make connections between music, other disci­

plines and daily life.

9
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History And Cultures

Students will understand music in relation to…