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New Buffalo Area Schools

Fine Arts, 2008


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Arts in the Schools

  • Research shows that students who participate in the arts score higher on standardize tests.

  • “A Columbia University study revealed that students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas.”


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Arts in the Schools

  • “Arts learning experiences contribute to the development of certain thinking, social and motivational skills that are considered basic for success in school, life and work. These fundamental skills encompass a wide range of more subtle, general capacities of the mind, self-perceptions and social relationships.”


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Arts in the Schools

  • “Young children who received a year of musical training showed brain changes and superior memory compared with children who did not receive the instruction.”


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Arts in the Schools

  • Art is our one global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible.

    Richard Kamler


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Music

K-5 General Music

5th Grade Band

Middle School Choir

Once a week after school enrichment

6,7,8th Grade Band

High School Band

Marching

Concert

Jazz

H.S. Choir

New Buffalo Fine Arts Offerings


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Drama

H.S. Drama Class

M.S & H.S. extracurricular plays and musicals

Arsenic and Old Lace Fall 2007

New Buffalo Fine Arts Offerings


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Art

K-5

Middle School Art

7th & 8th

Basic Art

Advanced Art

Pottery

Photography

New Buffalo Fine Arts Offerings


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Observations of Exemplary Programs

  • Portage Public Schools

    • Fine Arts are highly valued

    • Specific teachers for each content area

      • Band

      • Choir

      • Drama

      • Art

      • Dance (Provided an opportunity to outsource opportunity for instruction)

      • Great financial support

      • Well thought out facilities

      • Students REQUIRED to take band, orchestra, or choir in 6th grade


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Observations of Exemplary Programs

  • Reeth-Puffer

    • Extremely similar to Portage Public Schools!

    • When students sign up for a music class, they are required to complete an entire year

    • Both middle schools are on a six period day

    • Number three marching band in the country!


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Our Vision

  • In order to be an exemplary fine arts academy, we would need to incorporate the following programs:

    • Music

      • Choir 6-12th grade (Full time position)

      • More Space for Band


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Our Vision

  • Drama

    • Offerings K-8

    • Technical Drama

    • Advanced Drama Class


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Our Vision

  • Visual Art

    • Visual Art will be offered K – 12

    • Advanced Classes

    • After School/College Credit Opportunities

      • Two dimensional design

      • Drawing

      • Ceramics

      • Photography Design

      • Art Photography

      • Water Color


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Our Vision

  • Dance

    • Add Dance as a discipline

    • Add Dance and Movement in the elementary

    • M.S./H.S beginning/intermediate/advanced dance courses


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Our Vision

  • The fine arts committee would carefully plan a school years worth of fine arts opportunities/activities including symphonies, concerts, plays, musicals, and museum visits. This would allow exposure to fine arts on various levels.

  • In addition, we would look for various opportunities to bring visiting artists/musicians/poets etc. to our district.




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What We Might Look Like in Five Years – A Fine Arts Academy

  • In five years our K-5 Music Program would have:

    • Keyboards/computer center with recording possibilities

    • Elementary Chorus and Concerts

    • Private lessons in singing, piano and after school enrichment


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Drama Program

  • Elementary Drama Program

    • K-2 production and Readers Theater

    • 3-5 Production/Musical Production

  • Middle School Drama Class and Production

  • Technical Class Beginning and Advanced

  • Forensic Class and Competitions

  • Set Design

  • Costume Design


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ART K-5

  • After School Gifted and Talented Opportunities

  • Private Lessons in different mediums

  • Clay Lab

  • More Cross Curricular opportunities

  • Art Exhibits and shows


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BAND 6-12

  • New Band Room with Sound System and recording capabilities

  • Practice rooms and storage Areas


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ART 7-12

  • College Classes offered through SMC and LMC

    • Two-Dimensional Design

    • Drawing

    • Ceramics

    • Photography Design

    • Art Photography

    • Watercolor

  • Classes offered through Kendall College


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DANCE

  • Teacher

  • Studio or Area

  • Dance Competitions and Recitals

  • Center for Dance Classes

  • Integral Part of Musical Productions


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K-2

Visit Local Galleries

H.S. Band Concert

Local Concerts

SMC Children’s Theater

3-5

Children’s Opera

Laporte Symphony

SMOC Concert

SMC Children’s Theater

Fine Arts Experiences


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MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier

  • Art Institute

  • Chicago Symphony

  • Washington D.C. The Kennedy Center

  • The Mendel Center


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HIGH SCHOOL

  • Musical in Chicago

  • Art Institute

  • Blue Man Group

  • Columbia College Workshops

  • England in Junior Year


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