Music and visual arts are offered to all K-5 elementary students. Classes in each are offered one time per week for approximately 40 - 50 minutes. Classes are taught by specialists that are licensed in the content area, and all teachers have their own, dedicated classrooms.
At the elementary level, arts experiences nurture the whole child and help students develop cognitively, physically, and socially and emotionally. Developmentally appropriate activities help children develop fine and gross motor skills. Students explore a wide variety of experiences, learn about their own interests, make connections to other subject areas, and develop unique talents. These early experiences lay the foundation and develop skills, concepts, behaviors, and dispositions essential for future arts participation.
Music is a collaborative, social experience. Throughout the K-5 music experience, you would expect to see students singing, playing instruments, listening and responding to music, composing, improvising, and learning about music in relation to history and culture. Children listen to music and respond in a variety of ways, including discussing, writing, drawing, and moving. At the elementary level, all students learn to play the recorder, which requires learning to read music notation in the treble clef. Other developmentally appropriate instruments for the elementary level include the Orff instruments of xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels, and a wide range of percussion instruments such as drums, shakers, scrapers, wood blocks, triangles, finger cymbals, and many more. Student work is showcased and celebrated through school-based performances.
Elementary Visual Arts
At the elementary level, students work both independently and collaboratively. Throughout the K-5 visual arts experience, you would expect to see students creating both 2D and 3D art in a wide variety of media, such as watercolor paint, tempera paint, crayons, oil pastels, clay, and many others. Projects might include processes such as drawing, painting, collage, weaving, papier mache, sculpting, and many others. In addition to creating art, students learn about art concepts such as the elements and principles of art, develop creative thinking skills, view and respond to art, and learn about art history and culture. Representative student work is showcased and celebrated through the district-wide Visions art show, and a variety of other school and community displays.