THE ART AND MUSIC CURRICULUM
The following sections will give you a sense of what an ambitious art and music curriculum looks like. This outline is excerpted from the excellent Core Knowledge Sequence (see previous section…). Your own school’s curriculum very likely will not match it on a grade-by-grade basis. Nevertheless, you can look to see if your school has a structured plan that, like this one, offers children a challenging experience in the enjoyment, understanding, and creation of music and art.
These lists do not contain all the topics to be covered in a complete curriculum. They should be considered as highlights from a grand exhibition, not the entire display.
Students learn much by looking at outstanding examples of art; listening to different types of wonderful music; reading about composers and artists; learning about some artistic concepts and terms; and studying the cultures and periods in which works were produced. There is a lot of knowledge to be absorbed. The following lists focus mainly on such knowledge, but keep in mind that, in a good program, children also get many opportunities to practice and engage in the artistic process-to sing, play instruments, paint, make prints and collages, etc. Elementary school studies should place a special emphasis on creativity and active participation.