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Fine Arts Class
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KEY LEARNINGS: FINE ARTS 
   

KINDERGARTEN 

      Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives.
• Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories 
• Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas 
• Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning 
• Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures 
• Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places 
• Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks 
• Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum 

Music 
• Initiate a steady beat 
• Recognize quarter notes   
• Begin echo singing 
• Sing with instrumental accompaniment 
• Discern when a verse has ended and a chorus has begun 
• Listen to band and orchestra music 
• Sing scripture songs and children’s hymns 
 

FIRST GRADE 

      Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives.
• Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories 
• Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas 
• Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning 
• Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures 
• Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places 
• Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks 
• Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum 
 
Music 
• Maintain a steady beat 
• Understand the value of half and quarter notes 
• Write note heads around a line and in a space 
• Identify and play pitched and un-pitched classroom instruments 
• Sing songs with simple accompaniment patterns 
• Recognize the AB pattern 
• Recognize difference in tones of human voices 
• Identify band instruments by family (brass, woodwind, percussion) and their sounds 
• Learn hymns of praise 
 

SECOND GRADE 

 Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives. 
• Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories 
• Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas 
• Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning 
• Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures 
• Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places 
• Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks 
• Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum 
 
Music 
• Write whole, half, dotted half, quarter notes and rests 
• Demonstrate correct posture and breathing 
• Recognize the ABA pattern 
• Recognize sudden or gradual changes in tempo 
• Recognize sudden or gradual changes in dynamics 
• Identify stringed instruments and their sounds 
• Listen to classical music 
• Learn to locate hymns by page numbers 
 

THIRD GRADE 

      Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives.
• Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories 
• Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas 
• Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning 
• Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures 
• Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places 
• Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks 
• Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum 
 
Music  
• Recognize and write eighth notes and rests 
• Recognize major and minor tonality (sounds) 
• Use introduction, interludes, codas 
• Recognize AABB and AABA patterns 
• Know meaning of signs p, mp, mf and f
• Identify different solo voices 
• Identify music styles from different countries 
• Learn to use the hymnal index 
 

FOURTH GRADE 

 Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives.
• Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories 
• Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas 
• Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning 
• Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures 
• Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places 
• Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks 
• Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum 
 
Music 
• Read meter signatures (2/4, 3/4, 4/4) 
• Identify staff, treble clef and measure 
• Know names of lines and spaces of treble clef 
• Distinguish between secular and sacred music 
• Recognize rondo form (ABACA pattern) 
• Recognize terms: ritardando, accelerando, allegro and andante 
• Recognize how legato and staccato affect the way music is performed 
• Experience nationalistic and patriotic music 
• Recognize an overture 
• Identify parts of the hymnal page 
 

FIFTH GRADE 

      Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives. 
• Select media, techniques and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in 
communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices 
• Employ organizational structures and analyze their effectiveness in the communication of ideas 
• Use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and 
aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artwork 
• Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural context 6
• Analyze, describe and demonstrate how factors of time and place influence visual characteristics 
that give meaning and value to a work of art 
• Describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks 
from various eras and cultures 
• Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school 
are interrelated with the visual arts 
 
Music                                                                                                                      
• Know names of lines and spaces of bass clef 
• Identify and write symbols for sharp, flat and natural 
• Sight-read a musical phrase 
• Use D.C. al fine 
• Know symbols and meanings for ritardando and accelerando 
• Know symbols and meanings for crescendo, decrescendo and diminuendo 
• Listen to music of the baroque period 
• Learn names of some hymn writers 
 

SIXTH GRADE 

      Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives. 
• Select media, techniques and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in 
communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices 
• Employ organizational structures and analyze their effectiveness in the communication of ideas 
• Use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and 
aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artwork 
• Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural context 
• Analyze, describe and demonstrate how factors of time and place influence visual characteristics 
that give meaning and value to a work of art 
• Describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks 
from various eras and cultures 
• Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school 
are interrelated with the visual arts 
 
Music 
• Recognize and write the C major scale 
• Recognize the sound of a major scale 
• Sight-read a simple song 
• Identify and sing cadence 
• Demonstrate and use first and second endings 
• Identify canon form (liturgy) 
• Know symbols and meanings for fermata and tenuto 
• Compare the tone qualities of orchestral music from different cultures 
• Identify and sing early Advent hymns 
 

SEVENTH GRADE 

Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives. 
• Select media, techniques and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in 
communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices 
• Employ organizational structures and analyze their effectiveness in the communication of ideas 
• Use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and 
aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artwork 
• Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural context 
• Analyze, describe and demonstrate how factors of time and place influence visual characteristics 
that give meaning and value to a work of art 
• Describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks 
from various eras and cultures 7
• Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school 
are interrelated with the visual arts 
 
Music 
• Identify meter changes 
• Learn the history of notation 
• Recognize the sound of a minor scale 
• Sight-read a two-part song 
• Recognize a bridge between two music selections 
• Know the meaning of rubato 
• Recognize music of Eastern cultures 
• Identify hymns of Adventist heritage 
• Learn the historical development of the SDA hymnal 
 

EIGHTH GRADE 

Art - Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives. 
• Select media, techniques and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in 
communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices 
• Employ organizational structures and analyze their effectiveness in the communication of ideas 
• Use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and 
aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artwork 
• Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural context 
• Analyze, describe and demonstrate how factors of time and place influence visual characteristics 
that give meaning and value to a work of art 
• Describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks 
from various eras and cultures 
• Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school 
are interrelated with the visual arts 
 
Music 
• Identify irregular meter patterns (5/4, 7/4) 
• Learn all major key signatures 
• Sing a more complex two-part song 
• Recognize modulation 
• Recognize symphonic form 
• Describe how a computer can enhance music 
• Listen to music of the Renaissance period 
• Learn how to use the various indexes in the SDA hymnal