In dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, people express ideas and emotions that they cannot express in language alone. In order to understand the range and depth of the human imagination, one must have knowledge of the arts.
An effective arts curriculum provides a sequential program of instruction in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts for all students beginning in preschool and continuing through high school.
An effective arts curriculum emphasizes development of students’ skills and understanding of creating, performing, and responding.
An effective arts curriculum promotes knowledge and understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the arts.
An effective arts curriculum uses a variety of assessment methods to evaluate what students know and are able to do.
An effective arts curriculum provides opportunities for students to make connections among the arts, with other disciplines within the core curriculum, and with arts resources in the community.