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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.

Music 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 integration.

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