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Department of Fine and Performing Arts

2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Parent Guide

The arts are an integral part of the total education for students in the schools. The major focus of the programs is to provide K-12 students with a wide range of opportunities to create, perform and respond to music and the visual arts.

In art, students will create works using a variety of media. They also learn to develop an appreciation for art through the study of various art forms and artwork from different cultures. At the elementary level, children often are provided interdisciplinary projects that give them an opportunity to connect to other areas of learning. Students create, they solve problems, they learn how to develop ideas, they learn how to work effectively with each other and how to critique their work as well as the works of others.

In music, students develop their musical skills and talents through a wide variety of activities that will involve them in creating music, moving to music, responding to music and performing music. In addition to the general music program that is provided, the instrumental program provides students the opportunity to begin instruction on a string instrument in grade three and on a band instrument in grade four.

Both the music and art curricula are based on the National and State standards frameworks. A variety of assessments and events during the year enable students, teachers, parents and the community an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.

Throughout the year student work is displayed in schools and in town-wide events such as the annual Art Show that are held at the Cultural Community Center during the first week of May. Student talent is also evidenced through individual winter and spring concerts in each building as well as the Annual Town-wide Band and String Festivals and the Annual Inter - Elementary Honors Music and Art Festival.

A strong partnership exists with East Hartford Fine Arts Commission and annually they recognize student talent in the arts at the Cultural Center. Student artwork is also annually recognized through the Art at the Capitol program that is hosted each year by Senator Tim Larson.

We invite you to attend our events that are spread out throughout the year. Please click on the link to upcoming events for the district.

Please send an email or call our department should you have any questions regarding the program.

Tracy Kane
Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts K-12
East Hartford Public Schools


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