THE MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAM
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