Artistic development at ACS is guided by the National Core Arts Standards. In the Elementary division, these standards are taught in Drama and Dance, Music, and Visual Arts (Art) classes. The standards are divided into 4 key areas: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting.
The movement themes of Rudolf Laban provide an ideal portfolio of movement possibilities. Through these activities children will develop body coordination as well as expressive sensitivity, especially when carefully coordinated with recorded music that complements the expressive quality of the movement.
Students will understand that...
Space, time, and energy are basic elements of movement to music.
Movement to music contributes to enjoyment, good health, and self-expression.
Students will be able to...
Perform/respond to music by using age appropriate movements and movement themes (based on suggested movement repertoire).
Perform a variety of age-appropriate folk dance movements and folk dances while singing.
Recognize patterns in movements and their connection to musical form.
Make connections between movements and dances to other disciplines (math, language arts, social studies, geography, P.E., art), cultures and their daily lives.