State & National Standards

Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities:

Presented here are the four standards categories with a comprehensive summary.

The Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities are now part of Chapter 4 Curriculum Regulations.

Standards Summary

9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition: The goals for this area focus on the manipulative skills and conceptual understanding to be achieved by the learners in order to produce, perform and exhibit their own works in the arts.

 

A. Know and use elements and principles in an age/developmentally appropriate manner to create personal works in the arts.

B. Know and use elements and principles in an age/developmentally appropriate manner to evaluate and revise personal works in the arts.

C. Know and use vocabulary related to production and exhibition of works in the arts.

D. Use knowledge of cultural and historical styles to create works in the arts and, when developmentally appropriate, develop own style to create works in the arts.

E. Create works in the arts that communicate emotion, experiences or ideas.

F. Create works in the arts that demonstrate ability to analyze and interpret works in the arts produced by others.

G. Explain the function and benefits of rehearsal and practice sessions.

H. Incorporate an understanding of safety issues related to the use of materials, tools and performance spaces.

I. Demonstrate awareness of and/or participate in school, local, regional and national arts events.

J. Use traditional and contemporary technologies to create personal works in the arts.

K. Use traditional and contemporary technologies to further knowledge and understanding of the humanities.

 

9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts: The goals for this area focus on the skills and knowledge to be achieved by the learners that are needed to identify, compare, contrast and analyze works in the arts in their historical and cultural context. Effort should be made to coordinate with district's social studies, literature and other curricula when possible.

 

A. Explain the historical, cultural and social context of an individual work in the arts.

B. Relate works in the arts chronologically to historical events.

C. Relate works in the arts to varying styles and genres and to the periods in which they were created.

D. Analyze a work of art from its historical and cultural perspective.

E. Analyze how historical events and culture impact forms, techniques and purposes of works in the arts.

F. Use vocabulary related to social studies, literature and other subject areas.

G. Relate works in the arts to geographic regions.

H. Identify, describe and analyze the work of Pennsylvania artists in dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

I. Identify, describe and analyze philosophical beliefs as they relate to works in the arts.

J. Identify, explain and analyze historical and cultural differences as they relate to works in the arts.

K. Identify, explain and analyze traditions as they relate to works in the arts.

L. Identify, explain and analyze common themes, forms and techniques from works in the arts.

 

9.3 Critical Response: The goals for this area focus on the skills and knowledge to be achieved by the learners that are needed to examine, analyze, interpret and evaluate works in the arts. Emphasis should be placed on developing various processes of critical analysis that will allow the learner to interpret meaning(s) of a work of art.

 

A. Know and use the critical examination processes of works in the arts and humanities.

B. Analyze and interpret specific characteristics of works in the arts within each art form.

C. Identify, classify and apply understanding of styles, forms, types and genres to form critical response.

D. Use the vocabulary of critical response to analyze, evaluate and interpret works in the arts.

E. Use various types of critical analysis in the arts and humanities. (Contextual Criticism, Formal Criticism and Intuitive Criticism)

F. Apply the process of criticism when comparing and contrasting meanings of a work in the arts.

G. Compare and contrast critical positions or opinions about works in

the arts and humanities.

 

9.4 Aesthetic Response: The goals for this area focus on the skills and knowledge to be achieved by the learners that are needed to investigate the philosophical aspects of work in the arts. The learner explores personal and historical definitions of art and art's varied purposes. Emphasis should be placed on examining how aesthetic choices impact the intended and/or interpreted meanings.

 

A. Know how to respond to a philosophical statement about works in the arts and humanities.

B. Compare and contrast informed individual opinions about the meaning of works in the arts.

C. Recognize that the environment of the observer influences individual aesthetic responses to works in the arts.

D. Recognize that choices made by artists regarding subject matter and themes communicate ideas through works in the arts and humanities.

 

 

National Music Content Standards:

 

1. Sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

 

2. Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

 

3. Improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments

 

4. Compose and arrange music within specific guidelines

 

5. Read, notate and understand fundamental music concepts

 

6. Listen to, analyzing, and describing music

 

7. Evaluate music and music performances

 

8. Understand relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts

 

9. Understand music in relation to history and culture