What Is Arts Integration?
There has been a growing interest lately in arts integration as an approach to teaching, in which the arts leverage learning in other subject areas, such as science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies.
The different ways that the arts are offered in the classroom can be divided into three main categories:
1. Arts as curriculum
In art as curriculum students develop knowledge and skills in a particular art form, often referred to as arts learning or art for art’s sake. The programs are guided by national, state or local standards for each of the art forms. For example, in music students learn to read music and how to play an instrument. They learn how music has developed and changed throughout history, and engage in improvising melodies or rhythms.
2. Arts enhanced curriculum
Arts enhanced curriculum is when the arts are used to support other curriculum areas, but no skills in the art form are explicitly taught. Examples include memorizing the preamble with the song from a musical play or coloring a map in social studies.
3. Arts integrated curriculum
In arts integration connections are made between a specific art form and a specific curriculum area. Explicit skills and knowledge are taught in both areas and both subjects are assessed. Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process, which connects an art form in another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.
Arts integration is an approach to teaching. This refers to how something is taught, rather than what is taught. It relies heavily on student-centered instruction. This approach is experiential and collaborative with a positive classroom environment, where students are encouraged to take risks.
The arts integration approach provides multiple ways for students to make sense of what they learn. In today’s classroom, teachers are encouraged to plan instruction that engages students in visual, aural, and kinesthetic learning modalities. Arts integration provides ways for students to make their learning visible. The learning is evident in the products they create. It challenges students…