Cultivating the Arts in High School

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
Cultivating the Arts in High School

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The failure of the arts delivery system is having a deleterious effect on the arts in education, particularly at the high school level. The lack of certification in dance and theater and the closer alignment of these areas to the world of professional performance than to education are damaging these arts, because they lack adequate representation in the curriculum. Teachers teach what pleases them and often what is easiest. The result is that the students are shortchanged. This abuse is widespread. The first of the different levels of experiencing the arts is a kind of oblivious, vague, and inattentive haze. Then comes the emotional or sensuous level, a conscious awareness. The third level is analytical and perceptive, revealing the work's expressive power. Finally, the better the work is understood, the more likely the result will be a heightened response, a peak experience. Informed engagement with varied works of arts is central to understanding.

Keywords: arts; education; curriculum; teachers; students; awareness; experience; informed engagement; certification

Chapter.  4186 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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