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Principles of Artful Teaching [electronic resource]

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Program opens with teachers sharing passionate insights about why they teach the arts to young people. Then short classroom segments illustrate how arts teachers employ seven principles of artful teaching to meet the needs and imaginations of their students. Workshop participants explore how these principles can affect their own teaching. Subsequent sessions will examine each principle in depth, with examples from dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
Online
2005
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Developing Students as Artists [electronic resource]

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Participants explore how arts teachers help students develop knowledge and fundamental skills while providing opportunities for creativity and independence. First, a dance teacher gives senior students leadership responsibilities and coaches them in their choreography projects. Then a theatre teacher mentors stagecraft students who are responsible for the technical aspects of a dance concert. In an intermediate visual art course, a teacher builds on students prior learning in a foundation course. Finally, a vocal music teacher works with two classes: students learning to read music and an advanced jazz ensemble.
Online
2005
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Addressing the Diverse Needs of Students [electronic resource]

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Participants meet a visiting theatre artist who takes advantage of the different backgrounds and learning styles of ninth-graders to help them understand and embrace the playwriting process. A visual art teacher brings top honors art students and students with disabilities together, so they can learn from each other. As a music teacher works with different classes, but addresses needs common to all students. Finally, in a movement class for non-dance majors, teachers help students explore human anatomy.
Online
2005
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Choosing Instructional Approaches [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates that Arts teachers take on a variety of roles, and use many different instructional techniques as they engage with their students; that they can be instructors, mentors, directors, coaches, artists, performers, collaborators, facilitators, critics, or audience members. In this session, participants follow a vocal music teacher as she takes on different roles in order to encourage students to find creative solutions to artistic challenges. Next, an acting teacher becomes a facilitator as his students report on research about theatre history. Then a visual art teacher guides her students in a drawing assignment, varying her approach based on the students individual needs. Finally, two dance teachers engage students in critical analysis of a painting, as a way to encourage [...]
Online
2005
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Creating Rich Learning Environments [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates how Arts teachers create a safe environment where students feel free to express their thoughts and feelings and take creative risks. In this session, participants meet an Acting I teacher help students let go of their inhibitions and an Acting II teacher encourage students to take creative risks as they interpret monologues. In a dance class, a teacher asks students to work closely in pairs so they can study subtle aspects of movement technique. In a visual art department, the teachers work together to create a community that gives students multiple outlets for artistic learning. Finally, a music teacher builds his students confidence and skills as they learn the basics of improvisational singing.
Online
2005
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Fostering Genuine Communication [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates how Arts teachers communicate with students, and students communicate with each other, in respectful ways that encourage communication of original ideas through the arts. Participants meet a dance teacher whose students draw choreographic inspiration from poetry and sign language. A visual art teacher gives her commercial art class a fanciful assignment that enables them to communicate a concrete idea through several visual media. A theatre teacher encourages student interaction around the dramatization and staging of fables. Finally, a vocal music teacher asks her students to use descriptive praise to critique the performance of a fellow singer.
Online
2005
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Nurturing Independent Thinkers [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates how Arts teachers use formal and informal strategies to assess their students progress and to modify their own teaching practices. Participants meet a vocal music teacher who splits his choir into groups that give each other feedback; he also has students tape-record themselves during rehearsal, so he can judge their individual progress. A dance teacher critiques original choreography by a student and asks her peers to participate in the process; this feedback helps the student deepen the impact of her work. Next, theatre teachers give an in-depth critique to a student, and then ask him for feedback on their teaching. Finally, a visual art teacher helps students develop their observation and analysis skills throughout their high school careers, so they learn to be their [...]
Online
2005
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Making the Most of Community Resources [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates how Arts teachers can develop relationships with community members and organizations by bringing artists into the classroom, taking students beyond school walls, and asking students to draw inspiration from the voices of their community. Participants observe a guest choreographer who challenges the students with her working style and expectations. A visiting theatre artist helps playwriting students develop monologues based on interviews with people in the neighborhood. A visual art teacher and her students work with community members to create a sculpture garden in an empty courtyard at their school, drawing inspiration from a nearby sculpture park. A band teacher invites alumni and local professional musicians to sit in with her classes, giving students strong musical [...]
Online
2005
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Borrowing From the Arts to Enhance Learning [electronic resource]

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To add vitality and context to day-to-day learning experiences, three teachers use techniques drawn from the arts to engage their students' minds, bodies, and emotions. In Denver, a teacher uses rhythm, color, movement, and hands-on projects to engage her class of fourth and fifth grade boys. In White Plains, New York, third grade students create short skits that help them understand the concept of cause and effect. In Lithonia, Georgia, a fifth grade Social Studies unit on family history culminates with students using favorite objects to make visual representations of their lives.
Online
2003
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Broadway Goes Hollywood [electronic resource]: Musical Comedy in American Cinema

Beginning with the release of The Jazz Singer in 1927, this program provides a detailed look inside that most distinctly American of film traditions, the musical comedy. Interviews with dancer Cyd Charisse, famous for her starring roles in MGM musicals, and Hermes Pan, renowned choreographer and collaborator with Fred Astaire, help to illuminate the advent and evolution of the genre. Excerpts and behind-the-scenes accounts from Singin' in the Rain, 42nd Street, Second Chorus, Flying Down to Rio, The Wizard of Oz, and many other films are included. Specific topics include the impact of the Hays Code, the influence of African-American dance styles, and the decline of the musical during the 1960s.
Online
2009; 2008