The purpose of the fine arts curriculum is to open the minds of students to new worlds and cultures and enable them to creatively express themselves and value the multiple perspectives of others. Students are actively involved learners in the arts. Through their experiences in the arts, they become creative and critical problem solvers, independent and divergent thinkers, self-motivated workers, and innovators.
Students are led in an exploration of self, others, and the world in relation to the art forms. The fine arts – dance, music, theatre, and visual arts – provide for each generation a knowledge of other cultures, past and present, and are among humanity’s greatest aesthetic and intellectual achievements.
- Use perceptual skills through choreography, performing, and response to dance
- Understand the ways dance provides for individual, cultural, and creative expression
- Demonstrate their ability to create dance by improvising, organizing ideas, choreographing, and performing
- Identify, analyze, and apply criteria to make aesthetic judgments by interpreting and expressing their ideas
- Develop performance skills, including the use of voice, instruments, and other sound-producing media
- Create musical ideas through composing, arranging, and improvising
- Describe music through reading and writing music notation; listening to music; and employing their understanding of music verbally, visually, and through movement
- Explore the creative process through theatrical activities and apply theatrical knowledge, principles and practice to collaborative theater presentations
- Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse theories and theater forms have satisfied cultural needs--past and present
- Describe the development of dramatic forms over time and the aesthetic qualities they reflect
- Analyze individual and group contributions to the collaborative theater process, literature of the theater, and theatrical performances and productions
Visual Arts students
- Demonstrate the ability to perceive, interpret, and respond to ideas, experiences, and the environment through visual art
- Demonstrate an understanding of visual arts as a basic aspect of history and human experience
- Organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the production of art
- Identify, analyze, and apply criteria to make visual aesthetic judgments
MCPS requires each student to complete 1 credit in fine arts in order to graduate. In addition, the fine arts curriculum provides students with an opportunity to earn student service learning hours within the context of the classroom.
A variety of dance courses satisfy the graduation requirement for fine arts. 6017/6018, Dance as Fine Art, is described here. Other dance courses are listed in the table above. For their descriptions, see the Online Course Bulletin. Check with your counselor to find out what dance courses are offered at your school.
All Dance courses may be repeated for elective credit.
Public performances during and after school hours may be required to meet course objectives.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Fine Arts Courses