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  •  There ARE standards for art history, and style (4+ / 0-)
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    and things like that.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue May 06, 2014 at 10:07:46 AM PDT

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    •  Our art, music and p.e. teachers have specific (6+ / 0-)

      standards.

      First graders were learning to mix secondary colors.  They were also learning about different kinds of lines.  Other students were working on perspective and proportion.   The list goes on and on.  They do a lot of analyzing of different kinds of art.  Music students also learn specific skills.  This quarter, my first graders have to demonstrate the ability to read music containing certain elements of notation and to create simple compositions.  Other grades are learning to play different instruments with proper playing technique.  Fifth graders are creating variations on a simple song.  There are so many standards, it's impossible to get to them all.  Some are performance based (third graders being able to sing in a round, for example) and some can be done with pencil and paper.  Most, though, are performance based which makes standardized testing a little difficult.  Some also involve very focused listening and identification of different musical elements.

      “It is the job of the artist to think outside the boundaries of permissible thought and dare say things that no one else will say."—Howard Zinn

      by musiclady on Tue May 06, 2014 at 10:56:30 AM PDT

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      •  And you don't have to incorporate EXTRA (0+ / 0-)

        writing and math to get those things.

        Writing music is WRITING.

        Writing counting and performing music is MATH.

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

        by zenbassoon on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:24:42 PM PDT

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        •  You are correct. (3+ / 0-)
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          Though there are some administrators who do dumb things like requiring music classes to write in journals.  Sadly, that takes away from the curriculum content that we are required to teach in our subjects.  

          One of the National standards in music is for students to see connections between music and other content area so I try to make those connections obvious when they naturally occur.  

          “It is the job of the artist to think outside the boundaries of permissible thought and dare say things that no one else will say."—Howard Zinn

          by musiclady on Tue May 06, 2014 at 05:14:35 PM PDT

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          •  THAT'S what the CC$$ is trying to do: (0+ / 0-)
            Though there are some administrators who do dumb things like requiring music classes to write in journals.  Sadly, that takes away from the curriculum content that we are required to teach in our subjects.  
            They are like those dumb administrators.

            "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

            by zenbassoon on Tue May 06, 2014 at 05:27:38 PM PDT

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            •  I don't think it's Common Core that is (1+ / 0-)
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              doing that to the arts.  My district is creating their own curriculum which uses the common core.  It is considered to be an interrelated curriculum however it is through the teaching of critical and creative thinking skills that it is interrelated.  All content areas focus on certain thinking skills within the framework of their subject.  As a general music teacher, I'm not teaching math and reading.  

              “It is the job of the artist to think outside the boundaries of permissible thought and dare say things that no one else will say."—Howard Zinn

              by musiclady on Tue May 06, 2014 at 06:53:17 PM PDT

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              •  But--they want you to have the kiddos (0+ / 0-)

                write to prepare for the test, right?

                "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

                by zenbassoon on Tue May 06, 2014 at 06:59:59 PM PDT

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                •  Nope. Not the music, art and p.e. classes! (1+ / 0-)
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                  I am only grading the music skills dictated by my content area curriculum.  We are expected to use the same vocabulary for general thinking skills but we are responsible for our own content area.

                  “It is the job of the artist to think outside the boundaries of permissible thought and dare say things that no one else will say."—Howard Zinn

                  by musiclady on Tue May 06, 2014 at 07:34:23 PM PDT

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