The mission of the elementary music education is to engage the student in active learning while exploring movement and sound through excellent folk and composed materials.
In the Clark County School District, elementary music is taught by specialists. The program began in 1975 and is now in its 32nd year. The goals, concepts, and skills in the curriculum are aligned with the Nevada Arts Standards for Music. The curriculum has been presented at national music conferences and has been shared with hundreds of school districts and teachers across the United States and foreign countries.
Children in Kindergarten through Grade Five experience a variety of learning activities in moving, speaking, singing, listening, playing, reading, creating/improvising, and evaluating. This is an active, music-making curriculum that enables all children to experience success in creating and performing music in all strands of the curriculum:
- Rhythm - beat and rhythmic patterns
- Melody - singing songs and reading melodies
- Harmony - playing instruments and performing more than one part at a time
- Form - studying phrases and the parts of music
- Expressive Qualities - creating movement, studying instrument families, and listening to various styles of music
For further information regarding the Elementary Music Program, contact the Elementary Fine Arts Office at Curriculum and Professional Development. Phone: 799-8467
Elementary Visual Art
The mission of elementary visual art education is to engage the student in active learning while exploring student understanding and appreciation of art.
In the Clark County School District, elementary art is taught by specialists. The program began in 1986 and is now in its 20th year. The goals, concepts, and skills in the curriculum are aligned with the Nevada Content Standards for Visual Arts. In 1992 the Clark County School Districtâ€™s elementary visual arts program was featured as an educational model in the awards publication of the Getty Center for Education in the Arts and the National Association of School Boards.
Since the programâ€™s inception, the district has implemented a Discipline-based Art curriculum. Understanding and appreciating art is achieved through four visual art disciplines:
- Aesthetics - making inquiries into the nature of art
- Art Criticism - interpreting meaning and making judgments concerning the quality of works of art
- Art History - studying the culture and history of works of art
- Art Production - creating imaginative, personal works of art using a wide range of materials and techniques.
For further information regarding the Elementary Art Program, contact the Elementary Fine Arts Office at Curriculum and Professional Development.