Academy of the Arts
Specialized CurriculumAll students in kindergarten through eighth grade receive arts instruction integrated with the academics program to learn math, science, reading, and writing, social studies, and the full range of 21st Century Skills in the classroom. Students are also exposed to art, music, band, movement, drama, and stagecraft.
Terramar offers Discipline Based Art Education. The DBAE approach to curriculum combines experiences from four disciplines in the study of art: production, criticism, history and aesthetics. These disciplines are merged, rather than taught separately. Students’ abilities are developed to make art (art production); analyze, interpret, and evaluate qualities of visual arts (art criticism); know and understand art’s role in society (art history); and understand the unique nature and qualities of art and how people make judgments about it (aesthetics). Through art production, students are exposed to a wide variety of media, techniques, and processes. Students K-8 have the opportunity to express themselves through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and more. Many projects are integrated with other subject areas to deepen understanding and enhance learning.
The Terramar Titan Band is an award-winning program with dedicated and enthusiastic students and parents. The Titan Band earned the top rating of Superior with Distinction at concert festivals for the past two years. Students have the opportunity to participate in the after school jazz band, District Honor Band, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and All State Band. During second semester the Academy brings in highly qualified instrumental musicians from the outstanding Mountain Ridge High School Band to teach after school band conservatory. Seventh and eighth grade band students also take an exciting, fun-filled, and educational trip to Disneyland in the Spring.
Terrmar Choir is a place to find enjoyment and fulfillment in making beautiful music. Students who participate in choir attend DVUSD fall and spring choral festivals, district honor choir, AMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival and All State Festival. They also perform three concerts each school year and perform in an annual school musical. In addition, Terramar Choirs attend a production at the Arizona Broadway Theater and a community service field trip to local retirement centers.
MusicThe Orff Method is a way of teaching children about music that engages their mind and body through a mixture of singing, movement, acting and the use of percussion instruments (i.e. xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels). Lessons are presented with an element of "play" helping the children learn at their own level of understanding.
Kodaly philosophy states that music education is most effective when started early and that everyone is capable of musical literacy. Singing is stressed as the foundation for musicianship and the use of folk and composed music of high artistic value.
By utilizing an arts-focused curriculum, our highly qualified physical education teachers foster a lifelong commitment to physical fitness in elementary school children by implementing strategies for organizing meaningful, sequential learning experiences and cross curricular education.