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In Music, Theatre, Dance, and Visual Art programs, Hamilton County students engage in artistic processes that prepare them for life. 

Creativity GROWS in Hamilton County!


It's March!!!

Arts in Schools Month!


Check out our calendar of events (listed to the left)





Claire Stockman, Related Arts Lead Teacher




Hamilton County students engage in the arts in three ways:

1. Arts as curriculum: Visual Art, Dance, Theatre, General Music, Instrumental Music, and Choral Music classes where students learn the skills and vocabularies neccessary to perform and create in the art form.

2. Arts-enhanced curriculum: Teachers use the arts as a vehicle for other curricular learning, like singing the alphabet song or "50 Nifty United States."

3. Arts-Integrated curriculum: Teachers incorparate curricular goals from an arts stubject and a non-arts subject and design learning experiences that achieve knowledge and skill in both subjects, and an artistic product is created demonstrating that new knowledge and skills. 


HCDE is a Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Partner in Education, alongside our local partner, ArtsBuild. Training is available for all HCDE teachers in arts integration techniques and occurs annually during the Fall semester. More information can be found at ArtsBuild's website. 




In Fall 2018, the state of Tennessee will implement new Academic standards for Fine Arts education. 


Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts Education-Introduction

As states are pursuing raised standards for student learning, it is important to recognize the essential role of arts education in the development of well-rounded students preparing for college, career, and life readiness. In fact, Tennessee has made significant artistic contributions across the national landscape, and Tennessee’s school teachers and leaders will undoubtedly play an important role in nurturing environments of creativity and innovation that will lead to even greater contributions.

Tennessee Arts Education at a glance

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) lists the arts and music as a part of a “well-rounded” education, and Tennessee schools offer a rich history of supporting arts education. Tennessee is recognized nationally for significant contributions in arts and culture, and the state academic standards for arts education contribute to increased student access for quality arts education that impacts college, career, and life readiness for Tennessee students.

While Tenn. Code Ann. §49-6-1025 speaks to visual art and music instruction for grades K-8, schools also offer courses in dance, theatre, and media arts instruction.

(a) The course of instruction in all public schools for kindergarten through grade eight (K-8) shall include art and music education to help each student foster creative thinking, spatial learning, discipline, craftsmanship and the intrinsic rewards of hard work.

(b) Local boards of education are encouraged to fully implement the art and music curriculum adopted by the board of education through both art and music classes, as well as integration into other core academic subjects.

In addition, Tennessee graduation requirements stipulate one full credit of fine arts, and many students elect to focus concentration on sequential course offerings in multiple arts disciplines, including visual arts, dance, media arts, theatre, and vocal and instrumental music. As the economic development of Tennessee becomes increasingly dependent upon skills and outcomes that are embedded in the Tennessee Standards for Arts Education, such as critical and creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, reflection, and persistence, it will become even more important to ensure that Tennessee students are engaged in sequential standards-based arts instruction. Arts education can also reach a diversity of learners by embodying learning modalities, helping all students learn. 

View the new Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts Education Here


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