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Arts Integration



Arts Education Partnership
The Publications section offers a variety of recent PDFs and hard copy books on topics such as Arts Integration research and advocacy. Most of the hard copies of books also have less expensive or free PDF versions. Prices range from free for many PDFs to $26.50 plus shipping.

NEA Arts Magazine
This website is the source for the National Endowment of the Arts magazine which details various arts integration programs.

Florida Alliance for Art Education
The Florida Alliance for Art Education website is the site for the 2012 Florida Compendium of Programs and Best Practices in Arts Integration compiled by Dr. Mary Palmer And is sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of State/Division of Cultural Affairs.

A Comparison of Cohort Data From 2007-2008 to 2010-2011 Regarding Fine Arts-Related Instruction’s Influence on Academic Success " (Steven N. Kelly, Ph.D.)

Articles (PDFs)

Authentic Connections
The purpose of this document is to assist and support educators in interdisciplinary work and to clarify how the arts can be taught with integrity through the interdisciplinary content standards. It has been prepared for teachers in all disciplines, teaching artists, administrators, teacher educators at the college level, and parents.

Principles of Good Arts Integration
This document outlines four characteristics of good arts integration. Additionally, it includes the elements of an arts integration unit.

Creating Quality Integrated and Interdisciplinary Arts Programs
The report offers some reflection on arts integration while examining a diverse group of partnerships and a set of new important tools to aid efforts in improving arts teaching and learning across the classroom.

Characteristics of Exemplary Curriculum Units
Nebraska K-16 educators who have been working, as part of the Nebraska Prairie Visions Consortium to implement comprehensive arts education, developed this list of criteria to evaluate curriculum units incorporating the arts. We asked ourselves what an exemplary unit would look like and came up with this list which has been modified and adapted over a number of years.

Professional Pay-Off:
The Rewards of Arts Education As part of the ArtWorks

This article discusses why integrating the arts into curriculum is vitally important as well as the rewards you reap when such integration is accomplished. It also includes several inspiring lesson ideas.

Checklist for Characteristics of Exemplary Units
in Comprehensive Arts Education

This is an easy to use checklist for identifying best practices in arts integration.

Connecting the Visual Arts to Math
These innovative examples of arts integrated, grade-appropriate, standards-based lesson ideas were designed by visual artist and author of “Drawing in the Classroom” Roger Kukes. They all connect the visual arts to math.

Connecting Music to the Curriculum
Classroom activities and lesson ideas generated by teams of residency artists and educators are offered as practical and creative support for classroom teachers in connecting the art of music to other core content areas.

Crossing Paths with Eric Booth
This article is a transcript from the Keynote Address given at Crossing Paths 1999 by Eric Booth. During his keynote address, Mr. Booth led participants through experiential exercises to discover the “skills of art” common to separate artistic disciplines, and discussed his view of art and arts education.

Learning Through the Arts
This article examines why the arts, with an emphasis on dance, are significant in education and why art forms should be taught with other disciplines. It also provides examples of integrated arts experiences for several age levels and describe how to begin with the essence of an idea, and through the creative process, make connections in the arts and other curriculum areas.

Learning Through Music
This conversation, taken from a transcript of a student portfolio conference, provides a reference point for work that is vital to the Learning Through Music (LTM) program. Three third-grade boys are sitting with me around a table in the library of Nahant's Johnson School. I have been asking them about their work with LTM specialists.



Learning through the Arts
This Canadian website is a wonderful collection of videos that are intended to support classroom teachers by demonstrating how they can implement an arts integrated curriculum. They demonstrate how teachers have integrated the arts into their programs to best meet the needs of their learners . The videos are organized into five subject areas, Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music and Media Arts. Videos are also clustered as Elementary and Secondary.

The Center for Fine Arts Education in Florida
The Center for Fine Arts Education in Florida is a management company that specializes in providing organizational management and advocacy for nonprofit associations focused on arts education. They manage the Florida Art Educators Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida School Music Association, the Florida Network of Arts Administrators, and the Florida Performing Arts Assessment Project.

Click on CFAE's Advocacy button and you will find Cohort Studies from 2007-2008 and 2010-11. These studies show the relationship between the number of years a student takes a fine arts course and test scores, grades, and dropout rates across all socio economic levels and races. It also has advocacy brochures supporting fine arts, music, and visual arts in schools. The Center for Arts Education in Florida is a website with the latest research on the correlation between dropout rates and student achievement and the numbers of years students were active in the study of the art.

Arts Education Partnership
The Arts Education Partnership, AEP, is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations established in 1995. It was established through an agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education. AEP is committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students by researching and improving arts education practice. AEP is recognized as one of the leading sources of information about current and emerging arts education research.

On this page you will find numerous papers written supporting the Arts and the Common Core Initiative. The paper titled "The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project" offers a Kindergarten Arts Integration lesson plan unit incorporating Visual Arts, Music, and Film.

ArtsEdge from the Kennedy Center is a source for a myriad of arts integrated lesson plans. Visual Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Media Arts are combined with Math, Language Arts, Physical Education, Geography, History, and Science creating exciting lessons for every grade level.

This page from the Kennedy Center answers the questions "What is Arts Integration?" and "Why Arts Integration?" The Arts Integration in Practice section is a series of videos showing arts integration in the classroom. There is also an arts Integration resource section and a link to CETA, Changing Education Through the Arts, the Kennedy Center's arts integration program. describes its website as "the nation's first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school." In addition to allowing you to search for research by level from Early Childhood to Adult and Lifelong, the Educators section of this site has an excellent list of Professional and Personal Outcomes that can be used for advocacy presentations.

Chicago Arts Partnership for Education
The Chicago Arts Partnership for Education website provides lessons and videos in arts integration along with research.

Americans for the Arts
The Americans For The Arts site includes the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education Summary Evaluation of the inclusion of the arts in elementary schools. The arts were integrated with classroom curriculum . The studies showed that elementary students in arts integrated schools outperformed students in non arts integrated schools on their math and reading scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills . The complete study can be downloaded here.


Music CDs for Movement Activities

Music for Creative Dance, Vols. 1-4 (Eric Chapelle - Ravenna Ventures, Inc.)
Each CD has liner notes on the use of each song. Various selections evoke American, Asian, Europian, and African cultures, as well as animal themes.

Brain Dance by Eric Chappelle
This CD contains 8 diverse pieces exploring the BrainDance developed by Anne Green Gilbert. Included are pieces with spoken cues assisting movement as well as completely instrumental pieces. It includes a poster illustrating the basic movements and instructions for using the CD.

Putumayo World Music
Putumayo World Music compilations are theme -based. The themes can be regional (South Africa, Caribbean, Asia) or music types (reggae, folk, Latin, jazz). The Putumayo Kids division has received honours from Parents' Choice Awards and the National Parenting Publications Association.

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