Arts Education
Arts Education includes four separate and distinct disciplines: dance, music, theatre arts and visual arts - each with its own body of knowledge and skills. The intent of the National Standards for Arts Education along with the standard courses of study and the North Carolina State Standards in each area is that a comprehensive understanding of one or more of the arts is accomplished by each student throughout the K-12 program. Instruction is provided by licensed teachers in each of the four disciplines. Involving the "whole child" in the arts gradually teaches many types of literacy while developing intuition, sensitivity, reasoning, imagination, and creativity. Learning in the arts nurtures active engagement, disciplined and sustained attention, persistence, and risk-taking. It also improves problem-solving skills and working with a large group of people to accomplish the same goal.

In Elementary Schools (grades K-4/5), music and visual arts classes are provided during the school day. Elementary students also have the opportunity to participate in before or after school activities such as Chorus and/or Art Club. Students perform for community events and for parents at PTO events.

In the Intermediate Schools (grades 5-6), students may participate in music, visual arts, and/or band (6th grade) and in after school clubs including chorus, arts club and drama. Student groups perform regularly during the school year for parents and in the community. Visual art work for elementary students is regularly displayed at the school, in the community and at the K-8 All County Art Show at the Asheville Mall in late spring.

At the Middle School level (grades 6/7-8), students may choose band, chorus, visual arts and in some schools, drama classes. After school opportunities such as drama club and jazz band may also be available. Students in band and chorus may choose to audition to participate in local, district and state Honor bands and choirs. Students in the visual arts regularly have worked displayed at the school, in the community and for the BCS All County Art Show at the Asheville Mall in late spring.

In High Schools (grades 9-12), students may choose among course offerings in chorus, band, strings, dance, visual arts and theatre arts. Students in the performing arts regularly audition and are chosen to participate in Honor Ensembles at the local, district, state and national level. Students in the visual arts display work at the school, in the community, and in the High School All County Art Show at the Asheville Mall in late spring. The county-wide art show is a juried event with ribbons awarded for work in mediums such as painting, photography, sculpture and textile art.

The North Carolina State Standards for Arts Education, K-12, was implemented in the 2012-2013 school year. The Arts Education Essential Standards are aligned with 21st Century Skills, global learning and the new Common Core/Essential Standards in other subject areas.


For additional information concerning Arts Education, please contact Laura Mitchell, Arts Education Specialist for Buncombe County Schools.

phone: 828-255-5951
email: laura.mitchell@bcsemail.org
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