Elementary Fine Arts
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The Fine Arts are an integral part of humanity and of the curriculum in the Sioux Falls School District. Curriculum in all areas of Fine Arts is aligned to national standards.
All elementary students receive instruction in visual arts and vocal music. Each class meets at least twice per week for a period of thirty-five minutes per session. Classes are taught by teachers highly qualified in art or music. Instruction in visual arts and music provides developmentally appropriate methods of exploring, creating, and learning about the arts. In these classes, students learn self-expression, creativity, aesthetic awareness, teamwork, self-discipline, and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Orchestra is offered as an elective class beginning in fourth grade and band is offered as an elective class beginning in fifth grade. Students learn fundamental playing skills for the various string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. In addition, students learn basic music theory skills such as note and rhythm reading. Students will participate in one small group and one large group lesson each week and will perform at least twice annually as part of the large school ensemble.