Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K--5

Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K--5

By: Rekha S. Rajan (author)Paperback

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"The author provides a theoretically sound and standards-based approach to incorporating performing arts into every aspect of curriculum for all ages. Teachers will be able to immediately implement new and engaging activities into all learning domains". (Michelle Barnea, Early Childhood Consultant Innovations for Early Learning, Millburn, NJ). "This is a great book to help students develop creativity, self-esteem and metacognition. It also helps students make meaningful connections to all areas of the curriculum". (Tamara Daugherty, Third-Grade Teacher Lakeville Elementary School, Apopka, FL). Research documents that the arts boost learning, build confidence, and motivate students to participate in class. How do we keep the performing arts alive in this era of increased accountability and decreased funding? Rekha S. Rajan sets the stage for a creative and practical solution with detailed, concrete examples of how to integrate the performing arts into math, science, social studies, and language arts. Key features of this title include: step-by-step examples of how to include the performing arts in all aspects of the curriculum; ways to impact students' learning in the cognitive, social, and artistic domains; activities that can be implemented immediately and easily; detailed lesson plans connected to the National Standards for Arts Education, National Standards for Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and Common Core Standards for Math and Language Arts. Students in grades K-5 need creative venues that encourage self-confidence, self-expression, and collaboration. The performing arts provide opportunities to build personal and social skills that are an integral component of learning and development. This accessible resource provides all teachers with the tools to integrate the performing arts throughout their curriculum.

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About Author

Rekha S. Rajan, Ed.D. is visiting associate professor of research and program leader for the master's in grant writing, management, and evaluation in the division of research and doctoral programs at Concordia University Chicago. She is an arts education specialist and holds a master's in early childhood professions from Roosevelt University Chicago, a master's in music education, and a doctorate in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has published her research on children's participation in musical theater, and teachers' use of the arts in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work at national and international conferences. She is the author of the books Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5 (Corwin, 2012), Grant Writing: Practical Strategies for Scholars and Professionals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), and the forthcoming Children's Experiences in Musical Theater (Rowman & Littlefield Education). Dr. Rajan is the recipient of a two-year research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to examine the relationship between live performing arts attendance and the cognitive function of older adults which was highlighted in an interview with NEA Chairman Chu on WBEZ Chicago. Her research has also been featured in Education Week and with the National Head Start Association. She is president of the Greater Chicago Area chapter, and sits on the board of directors, for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She is also Co-Program Chair for the Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group for the American Evaluation Association and is on the advisory committee for the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Rajan sits on various appointed councils for the arts and education, including the Core Arts Standards Committee with Arts Alliance Illinois and the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Advisory Committee for the Department of Education in the State of Illinois. Dr. Rajan has co-authored over 30 program evaluation reports with projects including the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, the D.C. Arts & Humanities Collaborative, Diller-Quaile School of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Education Leadership Institute with the National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtsConnection. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Rajan was a professional musical theater and operatic performer, with favorite roles including Papagena in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Mabel in the PIRATES OF PENZANCE and Lili in CARNIVAL!, for which she was nominated for a Chicago Stage Talk Equity Theatre Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.


About the Author Acknowledgments Part I: From Practice to Performance 1. An Introduction to the Performing Arts 2. The Classroom Stage Part II: Integrating the Performing Arts 3. An Introduction to Music 4. An Introduction to Theater 5. An Introduction to Dance 6. An Introduction to Musical Theater Part III: Behind the Curtain 7. Building Artistic Connections 8. The Artistically Reflective Teacher References Appendix National Standards Common Core Standards Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/07/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781452203959
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781452203959
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 1452203954

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