Arts in the Schools
ACHF Arts Education
To increase the quantity and types of arts learning opportunities for youth.One goal for our residencies, is to show how education, including non-arts, can be greatly enhanced using the arts. Each of these residency addresses Minnesota standards of education in both the Arts and other content areas. By doing this we hope to reinforce and enhance the understanding of both content areas. Ross Sutter: The dulcimer project will incorporate the language arts, math, science social studies and media arts by accomplishing the following: 1. Perform at least three tunes on the one-stringed dulcimer alone and/or in a group. 2. Read and write tunes for the dulcimer using a system of notation (tablature). 3. Improvise and/or compose a tune to play on the dulcimer. 4. Demonstrate understanding of the cultural and historical context of the Appalachian (mountain) dulcimer, including songs. 5. Identify parts of the dulcimer. 6. Students will understand how math and science are involved in the functioning of stringed instruments. 7. Students will understand ways to change pitch, volume and timbre on a stringed instrument. 8. Students will measure accurately. 9. Use and convert fractions with accuracy. We will know that we have achieved our goals by documenting the end products from each residency with photographs. The map boxes and dulcimer that each child creates will demonstrate pride and show that they participated in the process. To evaluate the process, we will distribute a survey to instructors to evaluate the success of the residency in teaching the state objectives and creating excitement for learning. Community performances and art shows will also provide feedback by participation from parents, showing excitement for the arts and their child's experience. Surveys will specifically address the following statements. Teachers: 1. Interest in the arts. 2. Excitement for learning core classroom objectives. 3. Reinforcement and enhanced comprehension of both art and core content area learning. 4. Achievement of above state objectives. 5. Overall quality of the residency. Parents: 1. Interest and excitement for the arts. 2. Involvement in residency and community event. 3. General excitement for going to school during residency. 4. Student understanding of the basic objectives outlined above. 5. Overall quality of the residency.
1) Students were able to play the dulcimer and sing simple folk songs as they accompanied themselves. 2) Students had a very clear understanding of the science of sound -- vibration, volume, etc.
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