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Visual & Performing Arts Course Descriptions
 
  Visual and Performance Arts Education in Spokane Public Schools is an integral part of basic education. It is our mission to work in partnership with the students, district office,schools, parents, and community members to assure that arts education is integrated as part of basic education. It is our goal to insure that each and every student receives the opportunity to participate in and to experience the success that results from the study of visual art, music, theatre and/or dance.

Kindergarten Visual & Performing Arts

Music

Students echo pitches, dynamics, beats, and rhythms. They experience, explore, and discover pitch and melody, dynamics, tempo, and sound sources as they use their voices, bodies, and instruments in games and activities. They discover traditional children’s songs, nursery rhymes, folk songs, classical music, and world music. Students begin to develop singing and playing skills and techniques while exploring the elements of music.

 

 

1st Grade Visual & Performing Arts

Music

Students recognize and echo pitches, dynamics, beat, and rhythms. They experience, explore, and discover pitch and melody, dynamics, tempo, and sound sources as they use their voices, bodies, and instruments in games and activities. They discover traditional children’s songs, nursery rhymes, folk songs, classical music, and world music. Students begin to develop singing and playing skills and techniques while exploring the elements of music.

 

 

2nd Grade Visual & Performing Arts

Music

Students identify, distinguish, and experience music and sound sources as they use their voices, bodies, and instruments in games and activities. They experience, explore, and discover a variety of types, styles, and genres of music, including traditional children’s songs, nursery rhymes, folk songs, partner songs, rounds, canons, classical music, and world music. Students continue to develop singing and playing skills and techniques while exploring the elements of music.

 

 

3rd Grade Visual & Performing Arts

Music

Students explore, demonstrate, and experience music as they use their voices, bodies, and instruments in games and activities. They experience, explore, and discover a variety of types, styles, and genres of music, including traditional children’s songs, folk songs, partner songs, rounds, canons, classical music, and world music. Students develop the musical skills and techniques they need to identify and explore the elements of music.

 

 

 

4th Grade Visual & Performing Arts

Music

Students have the opportunity to perform and improvise in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. They experience, explore, and discover a variety of types and styles of music, including diverse cultural genres and music from various historical periods. Students use musical skills and techniques to identify and explore the elements of music.

 

Visual Arts

Students build on their previous understanding of the elements of art and principles of design to create artworks. To do this, they use a variety of media, genres, styles, and techniques. They use established guidelines to reflect upon and explain their artwork to others. They develop visual thinking strategies as they create and respond to art and make connections across disciplines, cultures, place, and time.

 

 

 

5th Grade Visual & Performing Arts

Music

Students have the opportunity to perform and improvise in a variety of instrumental and/or vocal ensembles. Students understand and perform a variety of types and styles of music, including diverse cultural genres and music from various historical periods. Students use musical skills and techniques to explore and apply the elements of music. Technique is learned as a foundation for students to continue the study of music at the secondary level and beyond.

 

Visual Arts

Students build on their previous understanding of the elements of art and principles of design to create artworks. To do this, they use a variety of media, genres, styles, and techniques. Students use established guidelines to present and reflect upon artwork. They develop visual thinking strategies as they respond to art and make connections across disciplines, cultures, place, and time.

 

 

 

6th Grade Visual & Performing Arts

Music

Students understand and perform a variety of types and styles of music, including diverse cultural genres and music from various historical periods. Students use musical skills and techniques to explore and apply the elements of music. Technique is learned as a foundation for students to continue the study of music at the secondary level and beyond.

 

Visual Arts

Students build on their previous understanding of the elements of art and principles of design to create artworks. To do this, they use a variety of media, genres, styles, and techniques. Students use aesthetic criteria to present and reflect upon artwork. They develop visual thinking strategies as they respond to art and make connections across disciplines, cultures, place, and time.

 

 

 

Middle School Visual & Performing Arts

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7th and 8th Music

Students experience a variety of types and styles of music, including diverse cultural genres and music from various historical periods. Students perform, compose, examine, and interpret music. They make musical choices based upon their abilities and experiences. Students experience and practice the fundamentals, skills, and techniques of music and use the elements of music for life.

7th and 8th Visual Arts

Students use aesthetic criteria to present and reflect upon artwork. They become visually literate thinkers and creators as they analyze and respond to art and make connections across disciplines, cultures, place, and time.

High School Visual & Performing Arts

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Music

Students experience a variety of types and styles of music, including diverse cultural genres and music from various historical periods. Students perform, compose, interpret, and analyze music. They make musical choices based upon their abilities, experiences, and audiences. Students understand and apply the fundamentals, skills, and techniques of music and use the elements of music for life. They study career paths related to music performance, composition and recording.

Advanced Music (beyond proficiency)

Students experience a variety of types and styles of music, including diverse cultural genres and music from various historical periods. Students perform, compose, interpret, and analyze music. They make independent musical choices that are tailored to their audiences, abilities, experiences, needs, and passions. Students understand, apply, and analyze the fundamentals, skills, and techniques of music and use the elements of music throughout their careers and lives. They study career paths related to music performance, composition and recording.

Visual Arts

Students become visually literate thinkers and creators as they examine, produce, and present original work. They use aesthetic criteria to analyze and respond to art and make connections across disciplines, cultures, place, and time. They study career paths related to the visual arts.

Advanced Visual Arts (beyond proficiency)

Students synthesize visual arts elements and continue to use a variety of media, genres, styles, and techniques to communicate for specific purposes and audiences. They work independently and safely to develop a personal style in a body of work that exemplifies, and is evidence of, a deeper understanding of technical skill and perceptual mastery. They integrate personal experience and meaning. As visually literate thinkers, creators, and consumers of visual art, they examine, produce, exhibit, and justify a body of original work. They use a variety of aesthetic criteria to analyze, interpret, and respond to art and make connections across disciplines, cultures, place, and time. They study career paths related to the visual arts.

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