Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

The Mu­sic and Arts Pro­gram fo­cuses on the learner as the re­cip­i­ent of the knowl­edge, skills, and val­ues nec­es­sary for artistic ex­pres­sion and cul­tural lit­er­acy. The cur­ricu­lum de­sign is stu­dent-cen­tered based on spi­ral pro­gres­sion, and grounded in per­for­mance-based learn­ing. Thus, the learner is em­pow­ered, through ac­tive in­volve­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion, to ef­fec­tively cor­re­late mu­sic and art to the de­vel­op­ment of his own cul­tural iden­tity and ex­pand his vi­sion of the world.

As Mu­sic and Art are per­for­mance-based dis­ci­plines, ef­fec­tive learn­ing oc­curs through ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, par­tic­i­pa­tion and per­for­mance, cre­ative ex­pres­sion, aes­thetic val­u­a­tion, crit­i­cal re­sponse, and in­ter­pre­ta­tion. The skills that are de­vel­oped in­clude read­ing/an­a­lyz­ing, lis­ten­ing/ob­serv­ing, per­form­ing (singing, us­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, move­ment, act­ing, and play­ing, re­spond­ing, com­pos­ing, and cre­at­ing.(PROJECT BEST,10)

Arts is of­ten used as a medium for language mi­nor­ity stu­dents to il­lus­trate their un­der­stand­ings of con­cepts. Ideas that were orig­i­nally pre­sented in lin­guis­tic form can be trans­lated into the artistic medium so that stu­dents can demon­strate their com­pre­hen­sion. How­ever, art les­son in them­selves can be used to help stu­dents de­velop language skills. As a stim­u­lus for na­tive/ non-na­tive speaker in­ter­ac­tion, those stu­dents or com­mu­nity mem­bers with art skills to teach or knowl­edge of a tra­di­tional craft can be in­vited to share with a class. Stu­dents can lis­ten,ques­tion, and learn. Chil­dren can learn the method and espe­cially the spirit in which the art form to made and then cre­ate their own art­work. They can then share the art­work with other stu­dents or can write round-robin re­ac­tions to other art works ( Sch­man,1992) . — oOo— The au­thor is SST I at An­dres M. Lu­ciano High School, Ma­galang, Pam­panga

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