The Belmont Public Schools is an educational community that engages students in comprehensive and challenging opportunities in the four arts disciplines- music, art, drama and dance. The school district provides essential resources including a highly qualified faculty, instructional time during the school day, instructional materials, equipment and appropriate facilities. It is a place where students are highly encouraged to develop their capacities in the arts. Upon graduation they are fully prepared to live in and contribute to a diverse global community in which the arts continue to play a vital role in the creating of cultures and the building of civilizations – where the arts are a catalyst for human expression and provide balance in an increasingly technological society.
Graduates of the Belmont Public Schools understand the rich and diverse ways in which the arts play a critical role in the lives of all people. They recognize the powerful effect that the arts have on individuals and societies. They have deep understanding of how the arts have shaped cultures and how cultures use the arts to tell the human story, and record and reconcile their existence. As individuals they have knowledge and skills in each of the arts disciplines, and are proficient in at least one of them. They imaginatively and creatively use their knowledge and skills with confidence to express human emotions, such as joy, hope, or sadness, and can interpret them through song, picture, language, or dance. They frequently use the arts in communal celebration and ritual, or as a means of personal expression and reflection. They understand the range and depth of the human imagination. As informed consumers of the arts they can contribute to and participate in the life of their community, whether at work or during leisure time. If they choose to, they have the knowledge and skills to pursue one of the arts disciplines as their life’s work. As a result of their education in the arts, graduates of the Belmont Public Schools are life-long learners who, as individuals, understand their full potential for personal growth.
K-12 Department Learning Goals
- Creating: Students will learn to use the symbolic languages, structures, materials and techniques of the four arts disciplines (music, visual art, drama and dance) to create works of art.
- Performing: Students will apply skills in singing, reading music, playing instruments, acting, directing, dancing and exhibition (visual art) to interpret and share artwork that already exists, including their own.
- Perceiving and Responding: Students will demonstrate their ability to critically respond with understanding when they describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate their own artwork and the artwork or others.
- Connections: Students will demonstrate understanding of their artistic heritage through investigation of the historical and cultural contexts of the arts, will demonstrate knowledge of the arts in their community, and apply knowledge of the arts in the study of other disciplines.