New York State Standards for the Arts
are used as a guide for the music and art programs. The primary goals of
the programs include the development of creating and participating in
the Arts, knowing and using art materials and resources, responding and
analyzing works of art and understanding the cultural dimensions and
contributions of the Arts.
Children on all grade levels receive
instruction in art once in a 6-day cycle. Students are provided with
instruction in the processes that constitute creation and production of
the visual arts. Projects are grade and age appropriate and include the
basic principles of instruction to draw, paint, and sculpt. A variety of
mediums and techniques are employed. Emphasis on integrating art with
the other curriculum areas is a primary goal of the program. Grade level
curriculum maps and grade level units are to plan correlating art
projects. A course in Art & Technology is offered to grade 7 & 8
students. Instruction includes the principles of engineering design,
the appropriate use of tools and building materials and the use of
electronic media as a means of creatively expressing ideas.
instruction is provided to all K-6 students once in a 6-day cycle.
Students are introduced to a basic understanding of music theory and
history through performance, composition and listening skills.
Activities and strategies are grade appropriate. Instruction on the
recorder is a major program objective in grades 3 & 4. Audio and
visual materials are key components. Integrating music with the other
curriculum areas is a major goal. Music used at school functions, i.e.
monthly school liturgies, Christmas plays, Special Peoples Day, and
Kindergarten closing exercises are presented and rehearsed during class.
A process for communicating with all grade levels ensures course