Access to the Arts in Grade Levels K-5
The St. Johns County School District provides visual arts and music education for every student in grades K-5 on a regular schedule. Most students have music and art once per week, although in some schools the rotation interval is 6-9 days. Music pedagogies include Kodály, Suzuki and Orff methods. All teachers are certified in their arts area. Some schools offer after school arts club opportunities, such as guitar, violin, and chorus.
Visual art students learn a variety of art forms, including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, and pottery. Art is featured prominently at every school and students are encouraged to participate in local, state, national, and international shows and contests, such as Crimestoppers Poster, Betty Griffin House “Day Without Violence,” Art Works, and others.
Music students learn the basic building blocks of music, including rhythm, melody, harmony, and musical collaboration on a wide range of percussion and melody instruments, including drums, xylophones, and recorders. Students participate in regular school and public performances throughout the school year, especially around holidays and at the end of the school year.
Art and music teachers encourage parental involvement in the arts education of their children. Exposing students to live music and art shows broadens their horizons and allows them to make informed choices in developing their artistic tastes. Parental and community attendance at school shows and performances reinforces the value of music and art in education and in life.
Art! Make it for Life!