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Visual & Performing Arts Overview

This organization of the Model Curriculum Units, like the 2009 visual and performing arts standards, reflects the critical importance of locating the separate arts disciplines (dance, music, theatre, and visual art) as one common body of knowledge and skills, while still pointing to the unique requirements of individual disciplines. The New Jersey Cores Curriculum Content Standards for the visual and performing arts are comprised of four standards. The five Model Curriculum Units correspond directly to the arts content standards in the following manner:

Model Curriculum:

Unit 1/Creative Process aligns to the NJCCCS for Visual & Performing Arts:
Standard 1.1 The Creative Process: All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

Units 2 & 3/Performing align to the NJCCCS for Visual & Performing Arts:
Standard 1.3 Performing: All students will synthesize skills, media, methods, and technologies that are appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

Unit 4/Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies aligns to NJCCCS for Visual & Performing Arts:

Standard 1.4 Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies All students will demonstrate and apply an understanding of arts philosophies, judgment, and analysis to works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

Unit 5/History of the Arts and Culture aligns to NJCCCS Visual & Performing Arts:

Standard 1.2 History of the Arts and Culture: All students will understand the role, development, and influence of the arts throughout history and across cultures.

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards:

1.1 and 1.2, respectively, articulate required knowledge and skills concerning the elements and principles of the arts, as well as arts history and culture. Together, the two standards forge a corollary to the NAEP Arts process of creating. Standard 1.1 includes four strands, one for each of the arts disciplines: A. Dance, B. Music, C. Theatre, and D. Visual Art; standard 1.2 includes a single strand: A. History of the Arts and Culture.

Standard 1.3 is rooted in arts performance and thus stands as a corollary to the NAEP Arts process of performing/interpreting. Like Standard 1.1, standard 1.3 is made up of four arts- specific strands: A. Dance, B. Music, C. Theatre, and D. Visual Art.

Standard 1.4 addresses two ways students may respond to the arts, including (1) the study of aesthetics and (2) the application of methodologies for critique. Standard 1.4 provides a corollary to the NAEP Arts process of responding. This standard pertains to all four arts disciplines, and is comprised of two strands related to the mode of response: A. Aesthetic Responses and B. Critique Methodologies.