Performing Arts

Performing Arts with Ms. Steph

Performing Arts at Whittier incorporates a blend of music, movement, and theater. The curriculum is based on annual themes, such as "Genres of Music" and "Global Performing Arts." 

Within each unit, students explore musical and dramatic concepts using active listening, theatrical skills, and singing, as well as choreographed dance and movement games to connect body and rhythm. Through hands-on instruments, students examine steady beat and rhythmic differentiation. 

We also have "Artists in Focus," which spotlights both historical and contemporary artists for each unit. In the past we have focused on a variety of artists, such as Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash, and Tito Puente.

All lessons are rooted in Common Core 21st Century Skills: creative and critical thinking, perseverance, growth mindset, communication, and collaboration. Through these skills, students demonstrate accrued knowledge and growth through reflection, collaboration, and discussion.

In keeping with tradition, every grade level will have a performance and a chance to shine. We'll kick off with a Thanksgiving and Veteran's Day assembly starring kindergarten and first grade classes on Friday, November 18 (time TBA). 

2016 Theme, "Creative Crossroads, USA"

Each year, Mr. Buck, our visual arts teacher, and I team up to offer a curriculum coordinated between our two departments. This year, we are taking our Wildcats on a road trip across the country! Rooted in 21st Century skills, the curriculum will spotlight the rich and diverse music, drama, and dance styles that make our country artistically stellar. Through "Creative Crossroads, USA," we'll explore all 9 regions of the United States and their cultures. 

I've been collecting postcards from across the country with the goal of having at least one from every state. Students have asked if they can have relatives or friends contribute. Yes, please! All postcards should include: a picture of the location, a fun fact or two about where the sender lives and who they are.

Please send postcards to:
Whittier Elementary, Attn: Steph
1320 NW 75th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

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